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S.E. Hinton, On Location in Oklahoma

Tulsa is the home of one of our most unusual and entertaining adventure sites: the Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater. Sometimes, it still has showings of The Outsiders, the classic film based on the bestseller written and published by S.E. Hinton in 1967, starring Matt Dillon and Tom Cruise. Matt Dillon was directly selected on the recommendation of S.E. Hinton following his performance in the film Tex. Find out the drive-in movie schedule at admiraltwindrivein.com.

The Writer

Born in Tulsa in 1948, S.E. Hinton well understood the dynamics of marginalization and its impact on individuals, as well as the larger community where they live.

Tulsa has been the center of significant historical events connected to the issue of diversity and inclusion, such as the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921 (read about the history here: https://www.history.com). It also was the center of a controversial presidential campaign event that occurred in June 2020 (read the context here: https://apnews.com).

Tulsa, now a large city, has around double the number of residents there when S.E. Hinton was a teenager.

Read more about S.E. Hinton here: sehinton.com.

About the Book

The Outsiders remains one of the most popular required reading books in middle schools and high schools nationwide. After it was published, and some may say because it was published, the realistic fiction genre began to flourish, including more popular books published by S.E. Hinton.

The book remains a living testament that the observations and thoughts of teens by teens can produce a long-lasting US classic. It is now available in multiple forms, digitally and in print, easily found through any library or bookstore.


We thank Jill Westbrook, a reader from Oklahoma who graciously volunteered her time to film our Oklahoma Will Rogers videos, for bringing this author adventure idea to us.

Will Rogers High School is the third stop on our Oklahoma Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart