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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

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

whorton commented about Oklahoma Opry on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:32 am

Oklahoma Opry, formerly the Knob Hill theatre. Resurrected by the Oklahoma Opry

whorton commented about Winchester Drive In, Oklahoma City OK 1994 on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:30 am

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!

whorton commented about Almonte 6, Oklahoma City OK Summer 1988 on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:26 am

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)

whorton commented about Plaza Theatre Oklahoma City, OK 1994 on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:22 am

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.

whorton commented about Riviera Drive In, Oklahoma City OK 1994 on Oct 2, 2011 at 5:12 am

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:

Beyond space The Terrornauts The Projected man plus 3 stooge and pink panther cartoons