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About the Circle

Circle Cinema originally opened in 1928 and now operates as the only nonprofit cinema in the area.

As Tulsa’s oldest movie theater, we celebrate creativity, the arts and filmmakers from around the corner and across the world. Circle Cinema educates, enlightens, and entertains guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments, and cultures.

We believe deeply in our mission of fostering community consciousness through film. We were honored to be recognized by the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice as a community leader in 2018. We are grateful for the kind words leaders of other community organizations shared for our co-founder Clark Wiens, his wife Michelle, and the theater as a whole. We strive to fulfill our mission every day by making Circle a welcome and open space for everyone through a diverse variety of film screenings and events.

At Circle Cinema, moviegoers enjoy:

  • Independent, foreign, and documentary films

  • Familiar classics and crossover favorites

  • Live theatre and performance broadcasts

  • Silent films with musical accompaniment from the restored 1928 Robert Morton theatre pipe organ

  • And more special programs

Circle Cinema elevates the film experience through exciting guest speakers, audience discussions, educational displays, and other extraordinary events. As a 501(c)(3), proceeds from every ticket, popcorn, and soda is invested back into Circle Cinema’s mission to expand community consciousness through film.

With four theater spaces and an art gallery, Circle Cinema programming changes weekly. Regular program offerings include:

  • Second Saturday Silent film series in partnership with the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society

  • Indie Lens Pop-Up documentary series in partnership with Independent Lens/ITVS

  • Ballet in Cinema films in partnership with Tulsa Ballet

  • Opera in Cinema films in partnership with Tulsa Opera

  • Music in Cinema concert films and documentaries about musicians

  • National Theatre Live film presentations

  • Oklahoma Film Critics Circle films and panel discussions

  • Films made in Oklahoma, made by Oklahoma filmmakers, or starring Oklahoma actors

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