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whorton commented about 14 Flags Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

From the AIDA database:

Fourteen Flags Drive-in Theatre (closing article, ad)

Opened July 3, 1968

Closed 1982, did not reopen for the 1983 season

Located at 99th and South Western, West side of road

Capacity given at 1600 Cars (Oklahoma’s Largest Drive-in Theatre)

1968, Mar 31 Big Drive-in theater due

1968, Jun 30 Largest Drive-in theater in Oklahoma to open in city

1979 IMPA Capacity not given. Owner listed as Staton Enterprises

1984 IMPA lists Mid America Theatres as owner

Last show was Sept 30, 1982 (coincided with Mid America Theatres going out of business.)

Location by GPS N 35º 22.113’ W 97º 31.816’

The first drive in theatre I ever worked at. While writing a paper in English Comp at the local Junior College, I decided to write about what happened to the drive-in theatres.

I went out to interview the manager and ended up getting hired as the assistant manager/ relief projectionist.

Enjoyed the heck out of it! Wish I could go back and do it again as the 14 flags was the best drive-in in the city. Although they were non union, it allowed me to get into the union the next year. A career that would keep me engaged well into the ‘80’s.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Tinker Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Actually, the reason the address was off was becasue Midwest city at one point renumbered the street addresses…

From the AIDA database:

Tinker Drive-in (ad)

Opened 10 Aug 1948

Closed 1961 Did not reopen for the 1962 season

Location 2301 S. Air Depot Blvd. Site currently occupied by Texaco Starmart.

Location: N 35° 26.51', W97° 24.43'

1948, Aug 7 Theatre to open

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists as under construction

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists RL Barton as owner M9-C500-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists RL Barton as Exec C450

1955 Theatre Catalog lists address as 500 N. Air Depot

1965 IMPA lists owner as RL Barton

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 450

Interesting aside here. This theatre is one of the main things that got my interest started in Drive-in Theatre history. Although it closed at the end of the 61 season, by the late 60’s houses had been built to the south of the then abandoned drive in. Sometime in the ensuing years, there was a fire which destroyed the concession stand and projection booth. My cousin lived in one of the houses built to the south of the drive in.

We used to play and later ride motorcycles in the empty field. The screen tower was still standing and had been incorporated into a auto body shop. During the early summer evenings, the workers at the body shop would play their radio loud enough to be heard. It was like the swan song of the now dead drive in.

All these things together caused me to look into what happened to the drive in years later and develop the basics of drive in research.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Skyview Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Krcrook asks about the location of the Skyview. It was NOT located on 66. It was located on 23rd street, East of central Oklahoma city. It is actually state highway 62.

When it closed, it was operated by the same Caporal family that owned the Mayflower theatre in Oklahoma city. (the were related to the Caporal family who owned the Rivera drive in in south Oklahoma city, but not the same family.)

The Skyview closed at the end of the 1983 and did not reopen for the 84 season.

From the AIDA database:

Skyview Drive-in Theatre (ad)

Opened June 12, 1948

Last Feature was Sun, Oct 16, 1983 (Malibu Hot Summer, Cinderella 2000, Bedroom Stewerdess)

Closed 1983, did not reopen for the 1984 season

Located at NE 23rd and Coltrane (Northeast Corner),

“23rd Street One mile East of Eastern”

1948, June 13 New Drive-in theatre to open

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as Exec M8-C992-D7-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as owner M9-C892-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Sam Caporal as Exec C1000

1965 IMPA lists same info, Capacity as 900

1979 IMPA, does not list capacity. Owner given as C. Caporl

1984 IMPA lists C. Caporl as owner

Location by GPS N 35º 29.600’ W 97º 26.489’

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Sky Vue Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

From the AIDA database:

Skyvue Drive-in (ad)

Grand opening Friday, April 16, 1948

Located on 2 ½ miles north of Pioneer woman statue on Highway 77

Location: N 36° 44.69',W 97° 3.95'

Satellite photo shows partial lot, with construction on screen end.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists Griffith Theatres as owner M8-C608-D7-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner M9-C608-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner C472

1965 IMPA lists same information

Questions?

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Sage Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm

From the AIDA database:

Sage Drive-in

Location: N 34° 0.30', W 94° 44.30'

Location ( entrance): N 34° 0.32', W 94° 44.37'

Satellite photograph shows lot plainly, possibly remains

no ad found in June 68 for either Broken arrow theatre
1984 IMPA lists P. Silva as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Rogers Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Come on guys. . this one is easy…

From the AIDA database. .

CLAREMORE (Rogers Co.)

Rogers Drive-in (article, ad)

Grand opening Friday, Jun 16, 1950

Location: N 36° 18.46', W 95° 34.33'

Location given as 1 ½ mile East on Highway 20

Operated by Video Theatres 16 June 1950 to 3 May 83

AKA GRIFFITH which became VIDEO theatres…

Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog with a capacity of 300

Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac with a capacity of 296

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner.

Aerial photo suggest remains Actually very little. A part of the fence and a bit of the entrance concrete. .

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Riviera Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

From the AIDA database:

Riviera Drive-in Theatre (article, ad)

Opened August 22, 1967

Located at 8 SE 59th

Location by GPS N 35º 24.368 W 97º 30.646

Newspaper showed a “Swap Shop” on May 3, 1968

Screen blew down during winter of 1999, theatre did not reopen.

Owned By George Caporal. (I should add that George Caporal had died at this point and ownership of the drive in went to his son, Sam Caporal. Sam was an attorney and did not want to have anything to do with running the drive in.

The reason the screen blew down, was that it was constructed of oilfield drilling pipe. The only problem was that in 1967, no one bothered to weld caps on the TOP of the pipe, and they basically stood with water in them for 32 years…time took its toll and with a good wind, down came the screen.

I did have the privilege of being the Union projectionist there in 1985 and part of 86. If you want to see the truly sad end for the drive in, there is a great set of pictures of its stripping and vandalism here:

http://www.abandonedok.com/riviera-drive-in/

Truly a sad end for a once great, but tawdry drive in. I am sure there are lots of people in Oklahoma City who remember seeing such wonderful films as, “Hell’s Angels unchained,” or “Glory Stompers” in the late 60s to “Candy stripe Nurses” in the late 70’s…

Wesley Horton AIDA

whorton
whorton commented about Riverside Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

Just for the record, it was not on S. Delaware, it was on the South Side of 71st street. .

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whorton commented about Riverside Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

To expound on xxx’s link to my material on Mike Ransom’s excellent Tulsa TV memories site:

Riverside Drive-in Theatre (ad)

Location given as between Peoria and Lewis Ave. on 71St Street

Location: N 36° 3.64'N, W 95° 58.19'

Satellite photo shows site occupied by buildings (apartments?)

Grand opening Friday, May 7, 1948

Operated By Video Theatres 30 April 1948 until 10 Nov 1977

Opening ad states “Tulsa’s Third and Nearest Drive-in Theatre”

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists Griffith Theatre as Exec M8-C602-D7-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists Ralph Talbot as Exec M9-C600-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner C600

1965 IMPA lists Griffith Metropolitan Theatres as owner (Video Theatres)

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 604

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 500. Owned by Video Theatres

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner
Talbot owned downtown theatres

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Rig Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

Excellent find Joe Vogel and SiliconSam… This one was unknown to me. .

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Rancho Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

From the AIDA database:

NORMAN (Canadian County) Rancho Drive-in (Ad)

Grand opening 30 June 1950

Location given as 1 Mile East on Highway 9

Operated by Video Theatres 30 Jun 1950 until 3 May 83 (?)

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatre as owner C312
1965 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 352

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 300. Owned by Video

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Rancho Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

From the AIDA database:

IDABEL (Mc Curtain County)

Rancho Drive-in

Location: (Entrance) N 33° 53.82', W 94° 47.34'

Location: (Theatre) N 33° 53.87', W 94° 47.33'

Not found on topo map or satellite photo

Not listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog

1964 Opening set for Rancho

1964 [date omitted] Rancho Drive-in Opens Thursday

1965 IMPA lists Tri State theatres as owner

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 200

1965 IMPA lists Tri State Theatres as 800 Paramount Building, Des Moines 9, Iowa.

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 300, J. Gore as owner

2004 Spoke with Ms. Gore. (580) 28*** DI closed in 79, marquee still standing. Drive in was standing in 1961. They bought it and refurbished it

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Okla Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

From the AIDA database:

Oklahoma Drive-in Theatre

Ad found in Grandfield paper [date omitted]

Not found on Topo map or satellite photo

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Glen Thompson of Thompson Theatres as owner C200

1965 IMPA lists owner as Charles Ralls

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 200

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 200. Owned by L. Hall

1984 IMPA lists L. Hall as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Northwest Hi-Way Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

I dare say that clipping looks very familiar. Perhaps it came from a listing I posted on another site, contrasting the first and the last ad from the drive in. Notice too, the Altus Drive in ad.

See the posting at: www.driveins.org/aida4.html

The Northwest Highway was Oklahoma City’s first drive in. Opening the same day that the Odom’s drive in opened on S. Shields. (Later to become the Barton’s ‘77 drivein.)

Just for the record, the drive in opened on July 2, 1947, The last showing was on Sept 15, 1979. That clipping is the last ad published.

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whorton commented about North Penn Twin Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

It opened May 22, 1963. It closed for good at the end of the 1974 season, and never reopened for the 75 season. Kencmcintyre is correct in that the opening of a sewage plant near the theatre was the main thing leading to it’s failure. R.L. Barton attempted to sue the city, as well as spraying pleasant smelling fragrances around the perimeter before the shows.

Sewage treatment plants killed two drive in theatres in OKC, the Fairpark and the North Penn Twin.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Sunset Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

Had to have been the:

Sunset Drive-in

Unable to locate on topo map or satellite photo

1955 Theatre Catalog lists K. Lee Williams of Sevier Theatres bldg. De Queen Ark. C150

Not a big drive in, to be sure. Given the only listing I found was the 55 theatre catalog, I doubt it was around long. .

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Moonlite Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

From the American Institute of Drive-in Archaeology database:

Moonlight Drive-in Theatre (article, ad)

Location given as North on Main

Location: N 36° 7.66' W 97° 3.42'

Satellite photography shows no remains and unknown building on site

Grand opening 15 Jun 1949

Newspaper account lists Claude E. Leachman as managing director of Griffith-Leachman theatres.

Operated By Video Theatres from 16 Jun 1949 until 7 Feb 1968

1949-50 Theatre Catalog lists Video theatres as oner M9-C400-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner C327

1965 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner 1965 IMPA lists capacity as 400

Side note, Lostmemory mentions that IMPA actually gets something right. I have to confirm as a long time Drive in researcher, I discovered that back before the days of the EVIL SAMS DRIVE-IN THEATRE GUIDE…Seems that IMPA listed something and rarely if ever updated it. And it was typical that a theatre might have been closed 10 years and still be listed in the IMPA.

The notation at the top, (article, ad) indicates that I have located and copied both the original opening ad for the theatre, and a short newspaper article about it.

Wesley Horton AIDA. .

If anyone is wondering “who the heck this guy is” Randell Kunkell mentions it at the bottom of his Drive in theaters of the Mid atlantic at:

http://www.driveins.org/thanks.htm

He even continues to list the columns I wrote for the old Evil Sam’s site here:

http://www.driveins.org/aida1.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida2.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida3.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida4.html

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whorton commented about Mayflower Theater on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

The Mayflower theatre was a soft core porn theatre until the end. They had tried to convert to showing video presentations, as the 35mm soft porn supply had dried up and died. They did a scant business for about a year before going belly up.

I was the last union projectionist there for (IATSE local 380).

Their business was not very good, as on a good day, they might sell 30 tickets.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about May Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:15 am

Just for the record, the May theatre had been purchased by George Shanbour (former owner, Tower theatre, and Winchester DI).

The twinning and rehabbing of the theatre was completed by George Onyschczak, who was the projectionist at the Winchester until his death. The current projectionist as of 2012, is Jon Johns, George’s son.

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whorton commented about Lynn Family Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:10 am

From the American Institute of Drive-in archaeology database:

HOLLIS (Harmon county)

Hollis Drive-in Theatre (Lynn Family Drive-in)

No ad found 55 or 56 In Hollis Weekly news

Location N 34° 41.59', W 99° 54.70'W

Seen on topo map, but not recognizable on satellite picture

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Watt Long as Exec C235

1965 IMPA lists Watt Long

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 300

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 200, Owned by J. Barnett

1984 IMPA lists Lynn Teeter as owner

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whorton commented about Kiamichi Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

From the American Institute of Drive-in Archaeology Database:

Kiamichi Drive-in (Article, ad, Topo map with di located)

Grand opening Thursday, Aug 6 1953

Location: N 34° 11.17' , W 95° 37.30' (Northeast corner)

Article on Aug 6, 1953

Location given as 3 miles South of Antlers on Highway 271

Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog, Exec J.L. Cooper,

Capacity 240 Cars

Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac,

Owner Mrs. E. Jess Cooper Capacity 275

Listed in 1979 IMPA, owned by J. N. Cooper, Capacity 200

1984 IMPA lists J.N. Jones as owner Study of aerial photos dated 10 Mar 95, show no trace of theatre remains.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Joyce Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

from the infamous American Institute of Drive-in Archaeology database:

Joyce Drive-in (Pryor Drive-in)

Location: N 36° 15.58', W 95° 19.96'

Satellite photograph shows new building on site. Few if any remains

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Taylor Joyce as owner C225

1965 IMPA lists Betty Cook as owner

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 250

1979 IMPA, Capacity not given. Owner listed as C. Townsend

1984 IMPA lists C. Townsend as owner

C. Townsend was Charlie Townsend. Former partner of Danny Wolfenbarger partners in the final operation of the 14 flags drive in of Oklahoma city.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Hankins Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

From my database:

Hankins Drive-in Theatre (closing article, opening ad)

Opened 30 Sept 1950

Address listed as Hiway 277 at Airport

Address listed in closing article as SW Bishop road and 11th

Location: N 34° 33.86', W 98° 24.19' (South east corner)

Last Drive-in to close in Lawton, closed in Oct 1986

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Ned and Jack Hankins as Exec C600

1965 IMPA lists Volney Hamm as Exec.

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 640

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 300, Owned by Volney Hamm

1984 IMPA lists Volney Hamm as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Clinton Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

From my database:

Clinton Drive-in (Article, ad)

Operated by Video Theatres 17 Aug 1949 until 3 May 1983

Location: N 35° 28.77', W 98° 59.08'

Location given as 3 Mi. South on Highway 66 (Next to Neptune Park)

Listed in 1949-50 Theatre Catalog. Video Theatres M9-C400-D7

Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog, capacity given at 256 cars

Listed in the 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac as having 400 car capacity.

Listed in 1979 IMPA, owned by Video Theatres, capacity at 200

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner

As of March 1996, the Concession/projection building remains, the field is being used for cattle and the building is in poor shape.

Wesley Horton AIDA

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whorton commented about Cleveland Drive-In on Jul 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

Just for the record, here is what I know about this theatre:

CLEVELAND (Osage Co.) Cleveland Drive-in May still be standing as of 2000 “On hiway 99 NW of Tulsa” Location: N 36° 17.16', W 96° 26.95' No newspaper found for Cleveland Oklahoma Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog, Exec Jack Crain, Capacity 350 Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac, Owner John Sanders, Capacity 350 Listed in 1979 IMPA, owned by Woodall, Capacity not given 1984 IMPA lists Woodall as owner Aerial photograph suggests remains may be present.

This is from my database on Oklahoma drive in theatres. The fact that there was no newspaper listing means that I had gone to the newspaper archives at the Oklahoma Historical society and looked for any paper, with any listing for the drive in. NONE was found.

Wesley Horton