This summer at the movies, you know where to find the Avengers, John Wick and Woody and Buzz.

The sequels are everywhere.

But movie theaters are increasingly offering more diverse menus of what you can see on the big screen, from movie classics celebrating anniversaries to the opera and the Grateful Dead in concert.

This summer, there’s an impressive number of films, performing arts and special surprises at select area theaters.

Movie classics

“Field of Dreams”: 30th-anniversary screenings of the beloved Kevin Costner drama are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.

“Forrest Gump”: Life is like a box of chocolates when you revisit the Oscar-winning best picture of 1994 on its 25th anniversary, showing at 3 and 7 p.m. June 23 and 25 at Cinemark Tulsa.

“Easy Rider”: The 1969 counter-culture smash blows out 50 candles, man, with screenings set for 4 and 7 p.m. July 14 and 17 at Cinemark Tulsa.

“Glory”: The Civil War drama that won Denzel Washington his first Oscar screens July 21 and 24 at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.

“The Muppet Movie”: Celebrate 40 years of Muppets fun with 12:30 and 7 p.m. showings of the 1979 favorite July 25 and 30 at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.

“Hello Dolly”: Applaud 50 years of Barbra Streisand’s 1969 musical with Aug. 11 and 14 screenings at Cinemark Tulsa and Cinemark Broken Arrow.

“Harry Potter” movies: A series showing all of the films in this series kicks off at Starworld 20 with 4 and 7 p.m. screenings Tuesdays, including “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone” on Aug. 13, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on Aug. 20 and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” on Aug. 27, with films continuing into September.

Performing arts on the big screen at Cinemark Tulsa

The theater at 10802 E. 71st St. continues its longtime commitment to showing summer encore screenings of performances from the Metropolitan Opera season: “La Boheme” on June 26, “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” on July 10 and “Aida” on July 17.

Music at the movies

“The Cure — Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park London”: Frontman Robert Smith and his renowned English rock band celebrate four decades of music in concert, screening at 7 p.m. July 11 at Cinemark Tulsa.

“Between Me and My Mind”: In this music documentary, Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio gets ready for the band’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Showtime is set for 7 p.m. July 17 at Cinemark Tulsa.

“Ninth annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies”: Deadheads unite for this concert film of a previously unreleased 1991 show at Giants Stadium, screening at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Circle Cinema and Cinemark Tulsa.

“Kinky Boots the Musical”: The Broadway production recorded live for the big screen, playing at 7 p.m. June 25 and 12:55 p.m. June 29 at Cinemark Tulsa.

Circle Cinema 91st birthday

The biggest movie event of the summer takes place with various events at Tulsa’s art-house theater, which opened in 1928. Among events in this five-day gala are films celebrating Oklahoman and Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson, documenting the 1985 Terlton fireworks disaster and honoring the state’s Pulitzer-winning poet and novelist, N. Scott Momaday, during the July 11-15 event.


Circle Cinema brings the best in documentaries to Tulsa, such as a pair of potential breakout films full of music and performance opening there June 28 — “Pavarotti,” the life and legend of opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, directed by Ron Howard, and “Echo in the Canyon,” exploring the Laurel Canyon arts scene of the 1960s that saw the explosion of bands including Crosby, Still & Nash, the Byrds and others.

Studio Ghibli Fest

This yearlong nod to the anime masters from Japan continues with screenings at Cinemark Tulsa and Broken Arrow Warren Theatre for the following: 1995 young romance “Whisper of the Heart” on July 1-2; little-witch story “Kiki’s Delivery Service” on July 28, 29 and 31; and magical creatures tale “My Neighbor Totoro” on Aug. 25, 26 and 28.

Second Saturday Silents

Circle Cinema’s “Second Saturday Silents” series of monthly silent films continues with 11 a.m. Saturday screenings this summer, including a special event July 13 for the Circle Cinema Film Festival, “Okies in Silent Films”; and 1924’s “Her Night of Romance,” featuring Constance Talmadge and Ronald Colman, on Aug. 10. Each film event features live theater pipe organ accompaniment provided by the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society.

Graveyard shift

These 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday thriller shows at Circle Cinema are late-night retro fun, including director William Friedkin’s brutal 1977 jungle thriller “Sorcerer” on June 21-22 and Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal” on Aug. 23-24. They’re not skipping July, but rather staging the annual “Slumber Party” all-night horror movie scare-a-thon July 13.

Something extra

There are a few events at Cinemark Tulsa that defy conventional cinema niches: docu-comedy “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story,” on July 31; “I Love Lucy: A Colorized Celebration,” showing five uncut episodes, on Aug. 6; “Doctor Who: The End of Time 10th Anniversary,” on Aug. 7; “DCI: Big, Loud and Live 16,” a Drum Corps International one-night event, on Aug. 8; and “RiffTrax Live: The Giant Spider Invasion,” with the MSTK3 crew, on Aug. 15 and 20.

Michael Smith


Twitter: @michaelsmithTW