Circle Cinema partner theater showing art-house films to open in Oklahoma City this year

Circle Cinema partner theater showing art-house films to open in Oklahoma City this year

Circle Cinema will have a partner theater soon in Oklahoma City. JESSIE WARDARSKI/Tulsa World file

A partner theater to Tulsa’s historic Circle Cinema, showing art-house films and offering specialty programming, is expected to open in Oklahoma City before the end of 2017.

Rodeo Cinema will open in the Stockyards area of Oklahoma City, in a 1924 building that was once the Rodeo Theatre and has been operating as a live-music venue, according to Clark Wiens, co-founder of the Circle Cinema Foundation.

Wiens is the head of the nonprofit foundation that runs Tulsa’s Circle Cinema. His cousin Terry Wiens, an Oklahoma City attorney who owns other property in the Stockyards area, is connected to the Rodeo Cinema Foundation that will operate this theater, Clark Wiens said.

The Rodeo is largely vacant outside of a “Rodeo Opry” music show that plays there each Saturday night, and those programs will continue, Clark Wiens said.

A purchase of the property closed this week, he said. There is a 250-seat theater and a plan to build a pair of 125-seat theaters, which the Rodeo would open in 2018.

“The plan is to bring to Oklahoma City a like-minded theater to the Circle Cinema, with the hope that we can bring community consciousness to this theater in the way that we’ve been doing in Tulsa for the past decade,” Wiens said.

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Circle Cinema will organize film programming for the Oklahoma City theater, so future guests should expect everything from art-house fare like documentaries and foreign films, often with special guests speaking and post-film discussions, as well as independent films and major-studio movies.

Rodeo Cinema will open in an area of the city that is being revitalized through the restoration of old buildings and the openings of new businesses, Wiens said.

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