Circle Cinema

10 S. Lewis Avenue,
Tulsa, OK 74104

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Architects: William R. Chilton

Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)

Previous Names: Circle Theatre, New Circle Theatre, Cine Centro

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 918.585.3456
Manager: 918.585.3504

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Circle Cinema

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.

Contributed by Phillip Dail

Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

fred1 on August 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Is the name of this theater reduntant

CSWalczak on November 18, 2012 at 12:34 am

Here is an article about the Circle’s addition of an additional screen; they also plan to add a third.

Cimarron on April 30, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Upload of night time pic of Circle featuring an exhibit in Glass…“Keep on Truckin”

changeover on September 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Now open with 3 screens and a pipe organ! Wonderful venue.

OKCdoorman on October 9, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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)

hthomas49 on June 26, 2018 at 1:37 pm

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.

rivest266 on December 6, 2022 at 7:50 am

1978 grand reopening ad as adult cinema posted.

rivest266 on December 6, 2022 at 12:43 pm

It closed as an adult cinema in 1991.

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