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diningVisitors to Oklahoma City have the opportunity to view the Oklahoma History Center’s newest major exhibit, Oklahoma @ the Movies which showcases the creativity and innovation of Oklahomans and their legacy of creating, starring in, and watching motion pictures on the silver screen. The exhibit also explores film stories about Cowboys and Westerns, American Indians and Hollywood, African American movies filmed in the state, the film industry in Oklahoma, and the "Oklahoma Image" on screen.

As visitors enter the Inasmuch Gallery at the Oklahoma History Center, paparazzi click away at the most recent red carpet arrivals. Around the corner, the two story gallery opens onto a comprehensive collection of Oklahoma movie memorabilia and stories. Artifacts on display range from a script satchel given to Oklahoma City actor Rex Linn which was designed by Sylvester Stallone for the cast and crew of his movie Cliffhanger to the prosthetic heads of Thelma and Louise, designed by Steve LaPorte, an award winning special effects artist from Oklahoma City.

Tucked away behind the marquee to the Nickelodeon theatre is a section on Oklahoma City’s Film Exchange, a delightful nugget of Oklahoma’s history that is seldom noticed.

Historic theaters bridging decades of change are also featured in the exhibit, including the Coleman in Miami, the Poncan in Ponca City, as well as the many ornate marquees that still grace the streets of Oklahoma’s towns and cities.

Filmmakers, including all of the roles of crafting a movie, populate the “behind the screen” part of the exhibit. These stories focus on film industry pioneers such as cinematographer Buss Boggs (Oklahoma City); film editor Elmo Williams (Lone Wolf); producer Gray Fredrickson (Oklahoma City); writer S.E. Hinton (Tulsa); and academy award-winning directors Blake Edwards (Tulsa) and Ron Howard (Duncan).

Oklahoma’s vast number of actors provides the magic of the “on screen” section of the exhibit. This plethora of creative talent ranges from early cinema heroes such as Tom Mix and Will Rogers to the current roster of stars such as Ed Harris (Oklahoma City), Jennifer Jones (Tulsa), Alfre Woodard (Tulsa), Wes Studi (Nofire Hollow), Jeanne Tripplehorn (Tulsa), Brad Pitt (Shawnee), Tim Blake Nelson (Tulsa), and Chuck Norris (Ryan).

The not-to-be missed exhibit, Oklahoma @ the Movies is scheduled to be open through May 2014. Artifacts and stories in the exhibit change periodically.

The Oklahoma History Center is located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, across from the State Capitol and is open Monday thru Saturday from 10 to 5. For more information, visit or call 405-522-0765.

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