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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 C3121965 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
IDABEL (Mc Curtain County)
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
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
1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 200. Owned by L. Hall
1984 IMPA lists L. Hall as owner
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.
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.
Had to have been the:
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. .
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:
He even continues to list the columns I wrote for the old Evil Sam’s site here:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
As of March 1996, the Concession/projection building remains, the field is being used for cattle and the building is in poor shape.
Just for the record, here is what I know about this theatre:
CLEVELAND (Osage Co.)
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.
Oklahoma Opry, formerly the Knob Hill theatre. Resurrected by the Oklahoma Opry
Opened July 3, 1968. One day ahead of the 14 flags drive-in down the street at 99th and South Western. Amazingly, it has continued to pull in good business to this day. (It is Oklahoma Cities last drive in.) Today (2011) the projection is professionally done by Jon Johns, who is the son of long time projectionist George Onychzhack (projectionist there from ‘79 until his death in 2006).
This one is definitely worth a trip if you are in the area. Its a well maintained GEM!
Sad story on this theatre. It was THE PLACE to go back in the 80’s. Then Commonwealth theatres was sold (In 87 IIRC) and it was a downhill course since then. Not sure when it finally closed, but I believe the theatre is still shuttered and empty today (2011)
The first theatre I worked at as a Union projectionist (Local 380) back in 1981. We showed Vietnamese movies Friday night, Chinese Saturday and Mexican on Wednesday.
Had two projectors and still had to do 20 min changeovers.
Quite a place back then, owned by George Shanbour who also owned the Winchester Drive-in. I am not sure when he sold it.
I worked there as a projectionist back in 1985 and 86. After the owner George Caporal died, the drive in became the property of his son, Sam Caporal. While Sam was a fine person, he never really had any interest in running the drive in. After the screen fell over (it’s base rusted out and fell over in a storm in 97) it just sat until it was vandalized heavily and never reopened.
To see some excellent pics of the vandalism and end, look here:
Very sad ending for a drive-in. I especially remember the horror and rogue biker movies (like Glory Stompers, Hells Angles unchained) in the 70’s and the exploitation movies in the late 70’s. Good stuff like “Candy Strip nurses.” Of course that was before cable!
The Riveria opened on Aug 22, 1967, with a capacity of 1000 cars. The first movies shown were:
The Projected man
plus 3 stooge and pink panther cartoons