Twister 25 years celebration in Wakita
WAKITA, OK – It’s been 25 years since Steven Spielberg’s movie “Twister” hit theaters. “Twister”, released on May 9, 1996, became the second largest film (behind “Independence Day”) of 1996. There is much debate today as to whether the film is now considered out of date or if it always stands the test of time.
“Twister” starred Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt as storm chasers looking for tornadoes. It was directed by Jan de Bont from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and Anne-Marie Martin. Its executive producers were Steven Spielberg, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Gerald R. Molen.
It is notable for being both the first Hollywood feature film to be released in DVD format and one of the last to be released on HD DVD. Other famous stars of the film included Jami Gertz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jake Busey.
The Town of Wakita and the Twister Museum are celebrating the 25th anniversary with a block party in the middle of town on May 15. Take advantage of an open house and an evening of autographs at the museum from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Autographs available will include: Sean Whalen (upon purchase); Wendle Josepher, Haynes (12 pm-3pm); April Warren, flashback mom (by donation); John Rhyne, paramedic (by donation).
There will be a Storm Chaser Car Show (no parade), a “Look Like A Star” contest and many games for children.
The lunch break is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and will include Walking Tacos at the Citizens by Community Health Center, the Sloppy Joe meal at Wakita Foodland and burgers at the Gazebo.
There will be a birthday party in May for April Warren and Bill Paxton. Paxton died on February 25, 2017.
Other vendors will have beef jerky, cinnamon buns, ice cream, popcorn, and snow cones. Take your garden chairs and your money!
Due to COVID-19 issues, masks must be worn inside the museum, however, most of the event will be held outside for your safety.
The Rodeo Cinema at OKC will show “TWISTER” on May 22 at 7pm. April (flashback mom) Warren and the Twister Museum will be there. The address is 2221 Exchange Ave., OKC.
Enjoy the Wakita “Twister (The Movie) Museum”, “Twister Park” and “Twister Walking Tour”. The museum is in the same old building that the movie people used as an art department, dress-up, and location office. It’s full, as they say, at the rafters with items used both during the filming and the movie premiere.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll remember “Dorothy 1,” which is there with movie posters, stills, signed movie props, photos, collectibles, and the drive-in speakers. in that they destroyed during the making of the film. The museum has a gift shop where you can find an excellent souvenir.
Museum director Linda Wade says the museum receives visitors every day in the summer. Fans of “Twister” come from all over the world and from all over the world. The guestbook was signed by tourists from as far away as the Central African Republic and Antwerp, Belgium.
The museum is located at 101 W. Main, Wakita, OK. The opening hours are 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday from April to August. Appointments can also be made to visit the museum. Free entry. Telephone: 580-594-2312.