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whorton commented about Hillcrest Drive-In on Nov 1, 2017 at 2:51 pm

Could someone delete the 11 year old dead links to and other sites…

How about removing the really helpful niggling comments about the empirical physical address. (Sorry, such conversations are just a waste of time.)

whorton commented about Chieftain Theatre on Nov 1, 2017 at 2:37 pm

It would be so nice if someone could come along and delete the long dead links to roadsideoklahoma, and other nonsensical isolated comments.

whorton commented about Aerial of 3900 block SW 29th on Apr 9, 2017 at 3:04 am

The buildings between where Newcastle breaks off from 29th and portland is a Warehouse. . Notice the Immanual Conception church at 3901 SW 29th.

whorton commented about Dive Inn Theater on Apr 9, 2017 at 2:48 am

Cinema tour states: “Used same chairs, fixtures, and equipment as Academy X & AcademiX. Located in the 3900 block of SW 29th Street.”

Comment apparently added or edited 4/21/2006

The SW 3900 block is right across from the Immanuel Conception church

The Academy aka Academy X was located downtown at 7 North Harvey. .

The Chieftan, which DID show porn was at 3450 SW 29th St

Portland is the beginning of the 3700 block.
Tulsa is the 4000 Block. . If it existed, it would have been between these streets.

I am looking at an aerial from 1975 that encompasses the area on SW 29th between Portland and Tulsa. . The entire south side of the street in the 3900 block is an open field. Infact, there is nothing from where Newcastle splits off to Tulsa, that looks like it could have been a motel or cinema…

whorton commented about Westside Drive-In on Apr 7, 2017 at 3:34 am

Two things:

The drive-in theatres in Altus were called the Altus, and Altus West DI… check the ads.

Would a moderator consider removing all the references and links to Roadsideoklahoma as they are all dead and have been for some time.

whorton commented about Thunderbird Twin Theatre on Apr 7, 2017 at 3:10 am

I agree with Kenmore, there is no evidence this was anything but a walk in theatre.

whorton commented about Alva Drive-In on Apr 7, 2017 at 2:42 am

Mike Rogers, Just wanted to let you know, they were NOT the same theatre. The AlVA drive in was operated from 14 Jun 50 until Aug of 70, and the Stadium was built SW of the ALVA, due to the land lease expiring and the owner wanting to build a trailer park. The STADIUM was opened 30 July 71.

I can show you an aerial with both theatres present…

whorton commented about Sands Drive-In on Apr 7, 2017 at 2:18 am

The 1964 IMPA lists the drive in, but not in Oklahoma. It lists it in Elkhart Kansas The drive in was located wholly within the State of Oklahoma. .

There is no Elkhart Oklahoma. . It has been listed as EVA, Ok in other publications.

whorton commented about Pryor Drive-In on Apr 7, 2017 at 2:04 am

Same as the Joyce theatre… Only one drive in was in Pryor.

whorton commented about Dive Inn Theater on Apr 7, 2017 at 12:20 am

All right everyone, not to be rude on this but I am going to call bull on this. .

We have several differing locations listed. .Lauren Grubb posts 3900 block of SE 29, which would have been in Del City on the north side of the street (the south side was all Sunnylane cemetery.) She states it was open from 77 to 92. I graduated Del City High school in 77. The only theatre in town was the old Del City on Epperly drive. It showed R rated moves and was bought out by First southern Baptist to prevent the movies. I would have known if there was a porn theatre in Del city!

Seymorecox mentions the ROSEGLO Ballroom, “It was a part of a shabby motel unit” yet the ROSEGLOW ballroom was at 636 SE 29, Just East of Shields. (Between Lindsey and Durland) There was no motel there…

He then goes on to state, “I do know the next night we went Southwest way to the Chieftain Cinema, and am sure I didn’t see the Dive Inn in that area of town”

I could believe the Chieftan, as it did show porno in 75-79 era. There was the cheap low end Airline motel East of it, but I have a friend that ran the restaurant in the early 80’s. . They have no memory, nor do I. .

Missmelbatoast states, “The Dive Inn Theater was definetly located on SE 29th St, near Trosper Park” Well, closer to del city, But there was no motel between Eastern and Bryant where Trosper park is. Between Eastern and Shields was oilfield business, and I do not recall a theatre there or a motel. Checks of telephone directories at the historical society do not support the idea either…

She states, “The only way to get inside the theater was to go through the motel office…Facing the TV were three rows of theater seats, seven chairs to a row. Behind these rows was the elevated hot tub that sat eight people. Off to one corner was a cedar sauna that was also surrounded by thick foilage.”

Most of the motels that did exist, (there was one on SE 29th East of Sunnylane, but it was torn down in the very early 70’s) and utilized the old style strip architecture which was prevalent in the post war mom and pop motels.

Jessiearcher goes on: “This sleazy eastside joint was still in business at least till 1993 because that was my senior year at U.S. Grant High School…That was also the same year when my best friend and I took a couple of girls from Northwest High to this motel. The run down motel had a Spanish flavor with a roof that from afar looked like green terra cotta tile…

For the moment the name of this old hacienda escapes me, but since the tall sign was shaped like a green neon suguarro, the name had to be something along the line of El Pinga Grande. Anyway, it had a Spanish moniker."

Ok, there were three spanish styled motels near 44th and Robinson, Alamo Plaza, Odom Annex courts, and on the south side of the street MELROSE courts. But none required entry through an office. .

UNLESS someone can provide something other than hearsay, I am calling BS on this.

whorton commented about Northwest Hi-Way Drive-In, Oklahoma City, 1948 on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:29 pm

Just out of curiousity Cimarron, can you tell me the source of this picture?

whorton commented about Cinema 70 Drive In Oklahoma City OK on Feb 6, 2017 at 10:05 pm


For the record, this photograph is a screen capture from the OETA production of “The Oklahoma I remember.” I had supplied the original photo, and have the copyright. As you noted, it has been distributed on the internet, since being posted on DIDC by a well meaning person. Most all of the copies have been corrected, but I have not posted a better copy due to widespread copyright violation. The other picture (Black and white of cars waiting at ticket booth) is also mine.

I am not asserting a DCMA takedown, but just want the photos properly credited.

Photographer John Gumm, Copyright holder Wesley Horton.

Thanks… Wesley Horton

whorton commented about 11th Street Drive-In on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm

With Deference to seymourcox The picture you link is of the Airview Drive-in in Tulsa, not the 66/11th Street DI.

There are two links to Rick Cohens aerial identification picture.

whorton commented about Soldier Creek Drive-In on Oct 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Drive-in 54,

Just wanted to let you know, your picture is actually of the “BOMBER” drive in. Same location, but the Barton Family rebuilt it with a different orientation and larger capacity in the early 60’s, renaming it the Soldier creek Drive-in.

whorton commented about Crest Drive-In on Oct 30, 2016 at 1:12 am

Although there was a drive-in at this location, it was the CREST drive in out of HOBART. It was never called the “Rocky” it opened on 5 Jun 1950. If I had a way to add photos I could provide copies of listings in Theatre Catalog, IMPA and and the opening ad.

Wesley Horton

whorton commented about 67 Drive-In on Aug 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm

Is this the drive-in where they found the dead girls during the killing spree back in the early 60’s?

whorton commented about Tower Drive-In on Jul 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

To Lauren Durbin, I just noticed your question about the “Y” drive-in of Poteau. I can assure you that, yes there was a “Y” drive-in, It opened in 1949. If I knew how to get in touch with you, I could share the information.

Wesley Horton

whorton commented about Lariat Drive-In 438356 U.S. 60, Vinita, OK...Grand Openning. on Jul 21, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Impossible. This CANNOT be the opening picture. If you notice the Cinemascope screen has been erected in front of the old flat aspect ratio screen. This was done in the mid 50’s.

If you read the marquee, it says GRAND RE OPENING

whorton commented about 77 Drive-In on Jun 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Photo taken by Ray Jacoby

whorton commented about The Odom Drive-In Theatre Screen...1947 on Jun 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

Photo taken by Ray Jacoby

whorton commented about 11th Street Drive-In on May 3, 2013 at 9:29 pm

With all deference to “Chuck” he is way off on his facts for this drive-in.

First of all, the picture is of the AIRWIEW drive in, and is from the Beryl Ford collection, available through the Tulsa city county library.

Secondly, the 66 drive-in as it was originally called when it opened on Aug 21, 1947. It was built by Griffith theaters, which later became Video theaters. It was rebuilt as the 66 drive-in on march 4, 1964. It was later twinned in march of 1977.

After video theaters was sold to Martin theaters, it finally closed in June of 1983.

Chuck is correct in that it was demolished and a church currently occupies the site which is just West of 169 on the North side of the street.

Wesley Horton
American institute of drive-in archaeology.

whorton commented about Southpark Cinema Four on May 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

It did. .. . It opened in 1975.

whorton commented about Riverside Drive-In on Mar 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Chuck, when the Riverside DI was opened in 1948, the entity was then known as “Griffith Theatres.” Griffith Theatres later became “Video Theatres.”

whorton commented about Twi-Light Gardens Drive-In on Feb 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

Just wanted to take a moment and correct Okie’s assertion that the Quail Twin was built on the site of the old Twilight gardens. Please take a look at this article:

Which is courtesy of the Daily Oklahoman.

The drive in was located on the North East corner of May and Britton. The Quail Twin was located in the shopping center at the North East corner of May and Hefner. .

whorton commented about Cinema 66 Drive-In on Jul 14, 2012 at 7:39 am

From the AIDA database:

Cinema “66” Also known as “NE 66”

Location originally listed as 5801 N. Eastern (Aerial photos from 1970 show the entrance to have been off of Grand Blvd.)

Capacity: About 600

Opening date: Friday Aug 6, 1950

Opening Billing: Father is a Bachelor with Coleen Gray, and The Palomino

Closing date: Did not reopen for the 68 season. Built by: Leo Thomas and sold to R.L. Barton about 1964.

The remnants of this theater may still be seen (at least the ticket box office) from Grand Blvd. between Eastern and 63rd. Aerial photos show the entrance to be in the 5800 block and the area is very overgrown with lots of poison ivy. The theater was located in a unique section of town which was not very fashionable. The city has evolved except for a small area around where the drive-in was located. Some of the peripheral lot lights are still present in the densely packed wooded area. They hang as if they eternally doomed to guard the long since dead drive in.

A long forgotten memo from Louis Spagna (General manager of Greater Oklahoma City Amusements to R. Lewis Barton dated March 10, 1971 reads:

As you know, the Cinema 66, which is included in the operating agreement with Gulf States theaters, has been virtually abandoned and its condition has deteriorated terribly.

We have been approached recently by an operator of adult motion pictures and have received an offer to lease this particular providing it can be released from the operating agreement with Gulf States Theaters.

We believe the policy Gulf States has adopted for the 66 is a serious violation of the operating agreement. It is also apparent that they do not intend to reopen this theater; therefore, it would appear to be in everyone’s best interest if Gulf States were to restore the theater to its prior condition and release it from the operating agreement.

Wesley Horton AIDA