Starlight offers free concert and movie night

Friday, 10 July 2009
One of the great things about summer: the summer blockbuster.  Maybe you’re going to see the one where alien robots morph into other forms (“Transformers”).

Or, the one where lovable prehistoric creatures come to you in 3D (“Ice Age 3: Dawn of the dinosaurs”).

Or, how about the one with an unlikely duo, one tall and skinny, one short and stout, who decide to sell Christmas trees in July?  Maybe you don’t recognize that one because it’s a blockbuster from 1929.

The movie is “Big Business” and stars Laurel and Hardy. Today’s movie viewers have few chances to see classic silent shorts on the big screen, and even fewer opportunities to watch the movie accompanied by live theater organ music.

One such opportunity is the Circle Cinema and Cedar Creek Night at the Movies, which will feature Starlight Band playing themes from popular movies for the first portion of the concert.

After intermission, the silent movie will be screened under the stars, while organist Jeanette Maxfield provides the soundtrack.

“This movie night has become one of Starlight’s most popular events,” said L. Dale
Barnett, Starlight’s Chair and Music Director.

“It’s a lot of fun to watch an old movie the way it was originally screened in the theater.”

Attendees will appreciate not only the sights and sounds of the evening, but also the relaxed, outdoor setting that makes Starlight’s concerts ideal entertainment for the entire family.

River West Festival Park is located at 2100 South Jackson.  The venue has free parking and is accessible to those with disabilities.

Concessions will be available. The public is invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, picnic dinners and pet dogs on leashes.

Guarantor sponsors for the 2009 season include the Oklahoma Arts Council and the
Treeman Family Foundation, in honor of Jeff Treeman. Other major sponsors include:
Cedar Creek, Circle Cinema, Creative State, Liberty Press, Local 94: American Federation of Musicians, the Music Performance Trust Fund, Public Radio Tulsa: KWGS/KWTU, Saied Music Company and The Jimmie & Helen Saied Foundation, Tulsa River Parks Authority, Universal Combustion Corporation, Waters Charitable Foundation and The Charles & Marion Weber Foundation in memory of Dr. Charles E. and Marion L. Weber.

Circle Cinema is located at 12 South Lewis.

This year marks the theater’s 81st birthday.  The mission of the Circle is to use film to foster understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the human experience and create community among viewers. More about the Circle can be found online at

The first Starlight concert begins on July 14 at 7p.m. and the last Starlight concert of the season will be Tuesday, July 21.  For more information, go online to or call 798-STAR (7827).

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2009 )