A dual-screen drive-in in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that had become a local landmark in the 60 years of its operation burned to the ground Friday afternoon, the Tulsa World reported later the same day. Although fire officials do not know exactly what might have caused the two screens of the Admiral Twin Drive-In to go up in flames, some are pointing to the fact that one of the movies being shown was “The Last Exorcism,” hinting that the incident may have been the result of the supernatural forces. Most are having fun with the connection, but there is little doubt that there will be those who find the fiery demise of the Admiral Twin Drive-In and its screening of “The Last Exorcism,” a mockumentary about demonic possession, just a little too coincidental.
Fire fighters were called to the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa after the screens caught fire at about 1:50 p.m. Friday. Within ten minutes or so the two screens, which stood back-to-back and were separated by mere feet, burned to the ground, leaving on a skeletal framework for the the fire fighters to douse with water.
At first, owners of the Admiral Twin told the Tulsa World that they did not believe they would be able to afford to rebuild the drive-in. By Saturday, however, a groundswell of support for the iconic landmark had begun online. There was such a positive response to resurrecting the Admiral Twin, the owners of parent company Select Cinemas have promised to create a website for donations to help in the rebuilding effort.
But what about those crazy rumors that the fire may have been started by a demon or as part of divine retribution for its mocking content? Although there is no clinical empirical evidence to support that demons exist (or, for that matter, whether or not any sort of supernatural entity exists), many common religious systems support such beliefs.
In the movie “The Last Exorcism,” a minister that has performed several faux exorcisms has agreed to film a documentary of his last exorcism and expose his and his church’s charlatanry. He is called to a farm where the young daughter thereon seems to be “possessed” by a demon. The movie progresses to a bloody ending where the locals, true believers, attempt to cast out the demon themselves.
So was it mere coincidence that “The Last Exorcism” was being shown and the screens burned? Was it divine intervention (is god a critic or was there divine displeasure at the movie’s overall message, which was noted in the tagline: “If you believe in god, you must believe in the devil”)? Was it devilish reinforcement or Satanic displeasure at the movie’s end? Or was it basic arson (which itself can be attributed as the evil work of demons)? Or was it just plain mechanical error or a tossed cigarette (both of which can be attributed to divine, diabolic, or cause-and-effect forces)?
TMZ attempted to ascertain the answer directly, by asking the Tulsa Fire Department. The celebrity gossip website asked if “they suspected a demon, someone possessed by a demon or even Satan himself” with having had something to do with the fire. According to TMZ, they still had not received a reply to their query.
Owners of the Admiral Twin hope to have the new screens up and operational by spring of next year.