Sooner Drive-In

10991 US-69,
Miami, OK 74354

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Sooner Drive-In

Located on the NW corner of US-59 and Old Route 66. The Sooner Drive-In was opened in 1953 and operated by Video Independent Theaters Inc. as a single screen with a 300 car capacity. It was closed on June 12, 1954.

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TLSLOEWS on March 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Sooner or later Walmart takes over.

NYozoner on January 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Walmart is on the site of the Tri-State Drive-In, a different drive-in which was located on the north end of Miami on Hwy 69.

The Sooner Drive-In was about .5 miles southwest of Miami, also on Hwy 69.

jwmovies on December 2, 2012 at 1:19 am


MichaelKilgore on February 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

For the 1952 Theatre Catalog, the Sooner (referred to as #2 D. I.) was under construction. Both the Sooner and the Tri State were listed in the 1955-56 Theatre Catalog. The Sooner’s capacity was 300; Tri State was 400.

For some reason, it’s much easier to find ads for the Tri State in the Miami Daily News-Record than for the Sooner, though the Sooner was included in prizes for the first baby of 1954.

When did it close? In July 1984, the Joplin Globe wrote about alleged bicycle thieves who were “cornered on foot at the Sooner Drive-In theater on North Main Street.”

There’s a good photo from 1985, showing the back of the screen in need of some repair, at American Classic Images.

MichaelKilgore on February 24, 2019 at 8:59 pm

Aha! Thanks to the excellent notes at, I have a better explanation for the confusion. The original Sooner opened “a mile south of town, on 66.” Miami History claims that site was prone to flooding, and anyway “At some point between 1961 and 1965, the Tri-State was renamed to the Sooner. According to historian Fredas Cook, it was to take advantage of the much nicer Sooner sign formerly used south of town. Fredas also points out that the original Sooner was a traffic hazard due to its screen facing the highway, that may have contributed to its being closed shortly after opening.”

Where was that short-lived original Sooner? Looking at the maps and photos at Historic Aerials, I’ve found a good candidate in an otherwise unaccounted for drive-in at Dotyville, just southwest of Miami. It’s on the northwest corner of US 59 & Old Route 66 – Google Maps calls it 10991 US-69. The drive-in was on the 1963 topo map, and the ramps were still visible in 1980, but there appears to be no trace of it now.

Kenmore on May 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

Just so I’m clear on this.

The drive-in that was originally named the “Sooner Drive-In” is listed here as “Sooner #2 Drive-In”. While the Tri-State Drive-In that was renamed after the original one closed is listed here as “Sooner Drive-In”.

Yup, clear as mud. ;)

MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 7:35 pm

It’s true. This Dotyville Sooner is what I’d call Sooner #1, not #2, since it was a Sooner first.

MichaelKilgore on July 17, 2019 at 6:58 am

From the August 12, 1953 issue of The EXHIBITOR: “Video Independent Theatres opened the Sooner Drive-In, Miami, Okla., and the Airline Drive-In, Ponca City, Okla.”

dallasmovietheaters on July 17, 2020 at 3:23 am

The Sooner Drive-In was damaged in a rain storm and appears to have been closed following the June 12, 1954 showing of Richard Widmark in “Take the High Ground!” An ad lists the theatre as closed indefinitely until the screen and the ramps can be repaired. Those repairs do not appear to have occurred and the sign was moved a decade later to the Tri-State location.

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