Coming Soon – New Book on Tulsa’s Movie Theaters

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The Ritz, Orpheum, Majestic, and Rialto are familiar names to many Tulsans who grew up in a time when downtown movie palaces still existed. Others remember the early neighborhood theaters like the Delman, Will Rogers, and the Brook. Those memories will be captured in a new book being written on Tulsa’s historical movie theaters.

Tulsa Movie Theaters will include photographs and information featuring the extensive and memorable history of movie theaters throughout the Tulsa area, from the earliest, silent-era film houses and glamourous movie palaces to drive-ins and multiplexes.

How to help:

You can help by completing this online survey or emailing information to mbrown@tulsahistory.org.

Want more info?

Find all the details including the full press release here.

L’Dor V’Dor: Generation to Generation

A History of Tulsa’s Jewish Community

This film tells the story of Tulsa’s Jewish Community from its arrival in America, to its settling in Indian Territory, to its contemporary commitment to our city. Highlights include Jewish-owned retail businesses, oil and related industry pioneers, and local philanthropies that have helped Tulsa to grow and prosper. The film explores the human condition of our city’s collective history. Themes of persistence in the face of hardship and discrimination, institutional racism, the taking of responsibility and ownership for one’s community, and dreams of a better life are addressed.

Created by the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum and Lookout Mountain Productions.

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Boomtown: An American Journey

This film focuses on the history of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a city known for extremes. Interwoven into the fabric of the film are details of arguably the nation’s most devastating race riot: The Tulsa Race Riot; the struggles the Muscogee Creek faced during and after the Trail of Tears; a remarkable retrospective of the famed Mother Road, Route 66; the fabulous wealth, architecture, arts & philanthropy from oil and the economic results of relying only on oil speculation. The film answers the important question of why history is important.

Created by the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum and Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions

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How to see the films

Both films are currently showing by request at the museum. Free with museum admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors, free for members and students).

DVDs are for sale in the museum gift kiosk for $14.95 plus tax.

Shipping: $19.00 (price includes tax and shipping costs). Call 918.712.9484 with a credit card number to have a DVD shipped directly.

L’Dor V’Dor: Generation to Generation is available to stream on Amazon (rent, buy, or free with Amazon Prime). 

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