Hip-Hop Artist Wants to Save Outsiders House as Museum

Key location in 1983 movie is falling apart
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2016 9:45 AM CDT
Hip-hop artist Danny Boy O'Connor plans to restore the house used in the movie.   (GoFundMe)
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(Newser) – Fans of '80s movies who are familiar with the line "Stay gold, Ponyboy" might be interested in a movement to restore an old house in Oklahoma. As the Tulsa World reports, the house just happens to be the one where the Curtis brothers lived in the film The Outsiders. For those unfamiliar, that would be the one with virtually every up-and-coming male star of the era: Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, etc. The 1940 home is falling apart, but hip-hop artist Danny O'Connor of House of Pain has bought it and now plans to restore it as a museum honoring the film and the SE Hinton novel on which it was based.

"I felt if someone didn't step in, why not me? So that's what I did," O'Connor tells NewsOn6. The plan is to restore the front rooms exactly as they appeared in the 1983 movie—right down to the green curtains and a fishbowl—and to use the back rooms for movie memorabilia, reports KJRH. "Right now, we just want to clean it, preserve it, secure it, and get the word out about what we are trying to do," says the 47-year-old O'Connor. Hinton is showing her support for the restoration via Twitter, and O'Connor has set up a GoFundMe page for those who want to contribute. The goal is $75,000. (Read more movies stories.)

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