A big crowd gathers at Circle Cinema
for the local premiere of the film Home, James,
shot right here in Tulsa, cinematography
highlights local places we all know.
Showing’s connected with the eighty-fifth
anniversary of the theatre; it’s had
quite a life: from popular date spot in the
fifties to seedy porn in the seventies–
now the place for art-house films, home-grown
favorites, documentaries, foreign gems.
Just one screen when it re-opened with cool
movies but uncomfortable seats; then a
second screen with better chairs; and now,
three screens, the original auditorium and lobby
open again–and it’s a real premiere,
with red carpet leading in, director,
actors, cinematographer, and writers
all on hand for a following Q-and-A.
The kind of thing that’s common on the coasts,
but a big deal here, and the audience loves it.
T. Allen Culpepper