I went on a little tour of Tulsa Saturday. It was a tour of a movie locations for “The Outsiders” based on the coming of age novel by S.E. Hinton. The movie was shot in Tulsa in 1983 by Francis Ford Coppola and several rising young stars in it including, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, and Patrick Swayze.
I went to several places including “The Outsiders House” where many of the scenes were shot. It is in a rough neighborhood that now appears on the upswing. The house had gone through some rough times since the filming and was about to be demolished when rapper Danny Boy O’Connor purchased it in 2016. The house was gutted and rebuilt with a lot of help of volunteers. It is now a museum and is pretty cool.
The inside has been restored and there is a lot of memorabilia on display. It’s kind of like walking through an old house, because it is an old house.
I also went to Will Rogers High School where some of the scenes were shot. It is a beautiful old Art Deco school. My wife and I attended a concert there several years ago and the interior is gorgeous.
Another scene was shot at the Circle Theater. Excuse the terrible photo. It is still in service but is now kind of art movie type venue.
And the Admiral Twin Drive-in which is still in use. It burned down several years ago and was rebuilt.
In times past I have been to other Outsiders Locations. This is a gas station in the suburb of Perry north of town and across the street…
Is another location used in the movie.
And this is Boston Avenue Church in downtown Tulsa. An exterior shot of this was made as a hospital.
So I had a lot of fun on my little tour. It was actually a type of geocache called an Adventure Lab where one has to travel to the various sites and answer a question about the site, while at the site (it uses your phone’s gps to keep you from cheating.)
Here’s a site that lists more locations. They have screenshots from the movie along with current day shots.
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