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 the mid-1990’s

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 33 comments)

seymourcox on October 13, 2007 at 6:30 pm

Perhaps you’re right, Old Okie!
Here is a (not too recent) photo with complete history of this unique “Cinema Treasure” …
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allene on November 29, 2007 at 6:18 pm

Hi, I want to apologize for not finding earlier the link to the photo in Lamont that Lost Memory posted last summer. This is NOT the Meta. That was much older. This is the Rollier Theatre. Somewhat ironically, it was torn down about the very time you posted the photo. The decorations in the windows along the street were for the big combination celebration they had in 1993 — Watermelon Days, the 1893 Opening of the Cherokee Strip, and an all-school reunion. (3000 people showed up!)

missmelbatoast on December 22, 2008 at 10:34 am

All the way up to 1967 the Circle Theatre always included a newsreel on the program. Universal News were the last to be shown.
Note in the 1987 photo, when the Circle was a skin flick house, how carefully “parking in back” was worded. Perhaps some dumb patron would have mistaken “parkinng in rear” as a title for an X-rated film. On second thought, that probably was a real porno title.

DavidZornig on February 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Did the Rollier & Meta Theatre’s mentioned above as owned by old okie’s parents, ever get added to CT?
I couldn’t find either listed even in a previous names or city search. Just curious.

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.

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