If you’re a Tulsan, you have almost definitely heard about what occurred at the Admiral Twin Drive-In earlier this month. Tragically, the screens caught fire, and the historic landmark burned to the ground.
The Tulsa World put together two excellent pictorial stories on the incident. The first is made up of photos of the actual fire and the aftermath, and the second is a retrospective of the Admiral Twin over the years.
I think that this story is one very near to the hearts of Oklahomans. Many of us have memories of stretching out in the back of our cars on warm summer nights, watching movies on the massive screens and staying up way past our normal bedtime. But the Admiral Twin was also a piece of history. It was featured in the 1983 film The Outsiders, an adaptation of the novel (set in Tulsa) by S.E. Hinton. In many ways this landmark was incredibly important to us. I really regret not making it out this summer to watch a movie there while I still had the chance. However, all hope is not lost. The owners have said they intend to rebuild if they can raise enough money to do so.
But let’s turn back to the pictorial stories. The first set of images are a mixture of photos taken by staff photographers as will as those sent in by people who just happened to witness the fire. The order of the pictures provides a clear narrative, and they are very straight-forward. It’s laid out to give the viewer the facts. The second show is different, in that the images are less in the style of hard-news, and more artistically oriented. They are very pretty photos, and give a very clear sense of nostalgia. Combined, these two slide shows are extremely effective, because the first gives the hard-news side of the event, and the second really drives home how much Tulsa lost that day.
Thoroughly depressed now? My sign-off might cheer you up:
- Recent photo I’m proud of:
- Song I can’t get out of my head: ‘You Always Make Me Smile,’ by Kyle Andrews. This song is so upbeat and catchy, and its awesome music video only makes it better. 4,000 people, 120,000 balloons, and setting the world record for the largest water balloon fight.
- Video I can’t stop watching: The newest Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 trailer. I am a GIANT Harry Potter nerd, and am proud of it. This trailer is amazing, and I’m starting to think Warner Bros. might actually do at least one of the books justice.
- Something I can’t help but laugh at: Collegehumor’s ‘Hipster Superheroes.’ (They’re all hilarious, but Spiderman’s my favorite.)