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We lived near May and S. 65th place. When the new I-240 opened, it meant you got close to the screen facing the highway. Mom made us look elsewhere when we came home during its operation. I guess she didn’t want us seeing some half naked lady.
A church is located here now. As far as I can tell, there are just a few speaker poles left of this theater plus defined arch of the original car rows. But look behind the church and they left the pole there for posterity.
There were two of these theatres in the metro with the other one being at 240 and shields. They did have glass block construction with neon lamps inside of them. At night the illumination was really rad. Inside it featured a futuristic polished metal interior like that of a space port. It was mostly discounted movies. What took both of these places down were gang bangers. Both in the parking lot and in the theatres. They didn’t seem to care or address that problem because Tinsletown built in one of the most gang infested areas of the entire USA and they do huge numbers on weekends and holidays. But Tinsletown has kept its security levels up the entire time and these theatres never did.
Photo isn’t right. The 270 Drive-in in McAlester was in Krebs. The address is right though, 302 US 270. Us Mac kids would go out with a car load to watch B porn. The last movie I watched was “Reform School Girls” and “Oriental Vixen.” Just some soft nudity and all of the good parts cut out. We even had some of the guys from Camp Hudgens come out with us. They got in so much trouble when one of the kids was shocked and told the camp director, Bro. Paul McCullough. But he just said, “Look, I can’t be here every weekend, I’m going to leave it to you guys to pick the right movies.”
Enjoy your theatres while you can. I was in McAlester every summer between 1978 to 2007 at Camp Hudgens. I was aware of the building just east of FBC but not aware of its historical significance. Its lost now and I would have loved to see it through the years while I was there. Through the years, we had visited the Masonic Temple, Eastern Star, Okla, Aldridge, old high school, and the old stores of downtown.
It would have been the end of the era when we started going to this theater. We moved from S. 74th and May to Bethany. The first movie I remember here was Planet of the Apes. The kids play area was run down and not operated. Enough of us kids got together and were able to push the train. My parents would comment about movies they saw with their friends, like Dirty Harry and Death Wish. For the longest time I forgot about this theatre but everytime I was north of Britton and May, I had a de-ja-vue feeling that was overhelming.