Rancho Drive-In

East Alameda Street and Rancho Drive,
Norman, OK 73071

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The Rancho Drive-In was one of two drive-ins in Norman. It has been demolished and has been replaced by a large shopping center.

Contributed by Lauren Grubb

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RonnyJones
RonnyJones on June 12, 2005 at 7:33 pm

The Rancho Drive-In was operated by Video Independent Theatres of Oklahoma City. In the 1970’s an indoor theatre—-the Cinema East was built adjacent to the drive-in.

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Norman’s Rancho Drive-In was a typical outdoor cinema. All structures were gray, constructed of zinc sheet metal. There was no landscaping to speak of. Below site has interesting info -
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seymourcox
seymourcox on June 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

To see a 1953 photo of the Rancho, on below site type in word “Rancho”,View link

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Modern shots of the former Rancho Drive-In Theatre can be seen on this link,
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/133

whorton
whorton on July 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

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 C312
1965 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

jwmovies
jwmovies on November 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1122 Alameda Street.

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