Riverside Drive-In

24th Avenue SW and Van Buren Street,
Norman, OK 73072

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The Riverside Drive-In was one of two drive-in theaters in Norman. It has long since been demolished. The only evidence left of this theater are the car ridges.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on August 4, 2005 at 10:43 am

That takes your breath away: closed for Christmas vacation! If memory serves me, the holiday season was as busy a time for movie-going as it is now, and perhaps even busier. Did drive-ins do a different sort of business?

kpdennis
kpdennis on April 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Norman OK is also a college town – home of the University of Oklahoma. So when 10,000-15,000 students leave town for three weeks in December, it could put a crimp into business. Plus, it’s cold in the winter at night in Oklahoma!

I believe this is where I caught my favorite rock band’s motion picture debut – The Ramones in “Rock And Roll High School.” The film “premiered” in drive-ins across the south and midwest USA, and I know I saw it the first night it played in Norman in 1979 (where I was a student).

ozarkerbob
ozarkerbob on June 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

I was a projectionist there for a few years in the late 60’s. Neat job for a student. I remember doing my calculus homework on the back of the “coming week” programs. 15 minutes of study time, 3 minutes work, repeat for 10 or 20 times. then close up by rousting the folks with the steamed up windows on the back row.

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 10, 2009 at 10:19 am

Constructed in ‘High Tech" stylig, thin metal tubing formed brightly colored box frames on which fencing, boxoffice, screentower, and concession stand were structured. The Riverside had lush landscaping, much of which was evergreen so there would be lovely color year round. Even the ramps were covered with green grass. I always wondered how this grass was kept so green with all the traffic a drive-in encounters. Below site has futher info -
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jwmovies
jwmovies on November 15, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2100 SW 24th Avenue, Norman, OK 73072

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