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Meet Jody McIntyre, host of ‘White Christmas’ at Circle Cinema

December 15, 2018
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Jody McIntyre throws jingle bells into the air while posing for a portrait at Circle Cinema on Wednesday, December 05, 2018. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

You can find Jody McIntyre working behind the scenes at KTUL in her longtime role as executive producer of the “Good Day Tulsa” morning show.

But every year before Christmas, she takes center stage as host of Circle Cinema’s sing-along movie screenings of the 1954 classic “White Christmas.”

She will talk trivia ahead of the film, reveal bloopers to watch for and lead guests in raising their cups during the toast scene.

That will happen on at least five occasions this year because each 200-seat showing sells out, and she tells Circle officials, “Sure, add another screening.”

And they did, for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets won’t last.

McIntyre loves old movies of all kinds, but “White Christmas” has become as special to her as it has to Tulsans who have made it a tradition to attend each year with their families.

“I watch until the end of the movie every time, both because I love it and because people see something and they want to talk to me about it after the show.”

For this recurring series of stories, we asked McIntyre about all of her movie favorites.

What is your favorite movie of all time and why?

“How Green Was My Valley” (the Oscar-winning best picture of 1941). It is a beautiful film, just wonderful to look at, and the characters are so real and warm.

What is the funniest movie you’ve ever seen and why?

An inconceivably easy question: “The Princess Bride.” Every time I see it, I laugh and it just never gets old for me. It still reveals new things to me.

What is the movie that scared you and why?

“The Exorcist.” It’s that creepy music, I think. I saw it in the theater, and it scared the poop out of me. It gave me nightmares for a long time. I prefer movies that “haunt” me, that stay with me, like “Chinatown.”

What is the movie that makes you cry, and why?

I cry at everything. The end of “Toy Story 3” always gets me, when Andy gives his toys (even Woody!) to Bonnie. And I always get happy tears towards the end of “White Christmas” when Bing and Danny open those big doors and it’s snowing. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t cry by the end.

What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year, and why?

I really liked “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” because Mr. Rogers was just so unbelievably great. And “Green Book” just completely amazed me.

What is your favorite movie experience, maybe one you saw as a kid, or with friends in summer, or a midnight movie, and what made it so special?

The first movie I saw with my whole family was “The Music Man.” We were living in Iowa at the time, so it was a big deal there when it was released in 1962 (because it’s set in Iowa). And I walked away with a huge crush on professor Harold Hill.

At the theater, where do you prefer to sit, and what are your refreshments of choice?

I like to sit farthest to the right, about a third of the way back from the screen. And you can’t beat popcorn, with lots of butter or whatever that stuff is, and a Cherry Coke.

What old movie would you love to see on the big screen, either again or for the first time?

I never miss a chance to see “To Kill a Mockingbird” on the big screen. I’ve seen it maybe 10 times at a theater.

What upcoming movie are you looking forward to seeing?

“Mary Poppins Returns.” I saw “Mary Poppins” (in 1964) at the Delman or at the Brook, I’m not sure, but it was fantastic. Back then, if you wanted to re-live the movie, you bought the soundtrack. I did, and I played it again and again.

Do you have a favorite movie star whose movies have many times made you go to the theater because you like that person’s films so much?

Tom Hanks is way up there. And I’ve always been a huge Joel McCrea fan, which doesn’t require going to the theater, I suppose. It would be couch time. Same with Greer Garson; she’s amazing.

Is there a director whose films you like so much that you will see any movie that they make?

Preston Sturges, hands down. “Sullivan’s Travels” and “The Palm Beach Story,” two of my all-time favorites.

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