Constantine plans to play Ben Johnson Days role

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The new, rebranded version of Cattlemen’s Week is scheduled for next week in Pawhuska and Osage County, and the Constantine Theater is planning to play an integral role in offering attractive events to the public.

The week has been rebranded as Ben Johnson Days and will continue to feature traditional elements, such as the Osage County Cattlemen’s Association Luncheon on Friday, the OCCA Ranch Tour on Saturday morning, and the Ben Johnson Memorial Steer Roping. There will, however, be several new events intended to generate public interest.

“You know, Ben Johnson Days is really growing and we hope to grow with that,” said Shannon Martin, interim director of the Constantine Theater.

The theater has several events planned for Ben Johnson Days. 

On Wednesday evening, June 16, the theater will offer the Ben Johnson Days Invitational Art Show reception and auction from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and those attending are to have the opportunity to meet the three featured artists -- Steve Boaldin, Ron Roberts and Jay Adcock. This is a ticketed event. Contact the Constantine Theater by telephone at 918-900-6161, or via email at contact@constantinetheater.com for ticket availability and cost. You can also visit the theater’s website.

The Ben Johnson Days Invitational Art Show will be June 17-18 at the theater, and it will be open to the public for free.

The Constantine Theater in downtown Pawhuska is scheduled to hold events during Ben Johnson Days, next week.

Saturday, June 19, the Constantine is scheduled to hold two more ticketed events. The first of these, set for 2 p.m., will be a showing of the movie “Conagher.” The event is titled “An Afternoon With Barry Corbin at the Constantine.” Corbin was one of the actors in the film. A question-and-answer session is scheduled to follow the film showing.

The second ticketed event on June 19 is to be a VIP dinner with Corbin at 5 p.m. Contact the Constantine Theater for ticket availability and prices for all ticketed events.

Proceeds from the ticketed events will be applied to the costs of renovating the Constantine, and to future plans for the historic theater, Martin said.

“Conagher” is a 1991 Western, adapted from a Louis L’Amour novel of the same name. Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross played the leading roles. Corbin’s role in the film was that of a stage coach driver. Corbin is well-known for both movie and television roles. He was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for his role in the television series “Northern Exposure,” and some fans will remember him from the popular Western television miniseries “Lonesome Dove.”

Corbin knew Ben “Son” Johnson Jr. and worked with him on films.

“It’s just a very nice dinner with Barry Corbin. He’s just a fascinating guy. He’s been in tons of movies and TV shows,” Martin said. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

For more on Barry Corbin, see his official website at www.barrycorbin.com, where you can find his filmography details, as well as video and audio segments and much more.

Martin said the Constantine is experiencing encouraging public response to its recent program offerings. She noted that some 150 people had visited the theater on Saturday May 29, during the Memorial Day weekend, to view the Oklahoma historical films that have been showing.

“That was the dream – to have it open to the public. There would be art and entertainment,” Martin said regarding the point of view behind the plans of the current Constantine board for the development of the theater. “You know, that theater is so beautiful inside. It’s a ‘wow moment’ when they walk into the theater and see how beautiful it is.”