Fans of Tulsa's historic outdoor movie theater, the Admiral Twin, are anxiously awaiting the day it reopens and now they know when that will be.
Earlier Wednesday, Tulsa's Channel 8 told you fans were being teased to no end through the theater's Facebook page. Tuesday, the Facebook page read "Opening Date is coming SOON!". Then, Wednesday morning, another message -- "The OPENING DATE is ...". But nothing further.
It's caused speculation and frenzy from the theater's fans, who are begging to know -- WHEN? Tulsa's Channel 8 contacted co-owner Blake Smith, who told us that no date had been set yet.
But, shortly after midnight Wednesday night, a press release from Select Cinemas made it official. Admiral Twin will reopen June 15th.
Smith spoke with Tulsa's Channel 8 Thursday afternoon and said he expects many movie goers are excited to "get out here and watch movies under the stars."
The first movies to be shown on the new screens? Rock of Ages, Men in Black 3, The Avengers and Snow White and The Huntsman.
"At this point we have to get the theatre open for 'blockbuster season'," said Owner Blake Smith. "Too many great movies that we wanted to be open for are passing us by, and this way we can give the public a sneak peak while the work continues. Hopefully in a few more weeks we can have a real celebration!"
Smith said a grand re-opening ceremony would likely be held in July.
An announcement Wednesday was fitting. The first drive in theater opened in New Jersey on this date in 1933.
Tulsa's Admiral Twin double-sided theater, which first opened with a single screen in 1951, burned to the ground September 3, 2010. But, donations are allowing the owners to re-build.
Tulsa's Channel 8 was told earlier this year of a prospective opening date of July 4th. However, vandalism was done to the theater May 19th and it was feared it would cause additional delays.
The Admiral Twin was used for location shots in the 1983 movie adaptation of the S.E. Hinton novel, "The Outsiders".
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