10 S. Lewis Avenue,
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Circle Cinema (Official)
Architects: William R. Chilton
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: Circle Theatre, New Circle Theatre, Cine Centro
News About This Theater
- Jul 13, 2013 — Circle Cinema celebrates 85 years
- Jul 15, 2008 — Circle Cinema turns 80
The Circle Theatre opened on July 15, 1928 with the movie “Across the Atlantic” starring Monte Blue. It was closed in June 1978, but reopened on July 7, 1978 screening adult movies with “The Opening of Misty Beethoven” & “Barbara Broadcast”. It finished its days as an adult movie theatre which closed in 1991.
The Circle Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Also in 2003 it was acquired by the Circle Cinema Foundation, who also purchased two adjacent storefronts to the south of the theatre. Those renovated spaces now adjoin the original lobby space and house a gathering/reception area, a display of movie posters, and an art gallery for local artists to exhibit their work. In 2013, the main auditorium of the original theatre was renovated, and today the Circle Cinema boasts four screens.
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Is the name of this theater reduntant
Here is an article about the Circle’s addition of an additional screen; they also plan to add a third.
Upload of night time pic of Circle featuring an exhibit in Glass…“Keep on Truckin”
Now open with 3 screens and a pipe organ! Wonderful venue.
Began its porn period phase (“Under New Management”) on Friday, July 7, 1978, with THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN and BABARA BROADCAST after several weeks of being closed. (Tulsa World)
Went to the Circle many times. The last time to see “Wait Until Dark” with Janet Hopkins. There used to be a barbershop next door(N) and that’s where I got my very first haircut.
Grand opening ad:
Circle theatre opening 15 Jul 1928, Sun The Tulsa Tribune (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Newspapers.com
1978 grand reopening ad as adult cinema posted.
Closed by Family on March 24th, 1978. Circle theatre closing 24 Mar 1978, Fri Tulsa World (Tulsa, Oklahoma) Newspapers.com
It closed as an adult cinema in 1991.