77 Drive-In

9301 S. Shields Boulevard,
Oklahoma City, OK 73160

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77 Drive-In

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The Odom Drive-In opened in 1947 and was owned by R. Lewis Barton and Peerless Theatres Inc. After a year of operation the name was changed to the 77 Drive-In.

It was a single screen and could accomodate 948 cars. The 77 Drive-In was closed in 1975.

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jchapman1 on April 23, 2007 at 9:36 am

X rated films were shown at this drive in theatre during its last two years of operation. A tornado blew down the screen tower forcing closure.
The below site will lead to a 77 Drive-In Theatre c 1949 photo. In seach area type in word “theatre”. Once 77 Drive-In image appears, click on it again for a large view -
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raybradley on June 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

Up the the very end the 77 Drive-In had beautiful, manicured landscaping. An overabundance of fragrant flowering bushes. After dark lighting effects were most colorful and dramatic.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm

800 is correct on Car capacity.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Please correct address to:

9301 S. Shields Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73160 United States

hcombs on April 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

In the late 50’s and early 60’s this theater was managed by “Rusty” Steel. My father & I organized the 4th of July fireworks there for at least 3 years running. I loved firing the big mortar bombs. One year a spark from one of the big overhead shots landed in a box of smaller fireworks and we had an exciting finish.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

From the AIDA database:

Odom Drive-in Theatre (Barton’s 77 Drive-in Theatre) (article, ad)

Opened July 2, 1947

Closed Dec 7, 1947 as Odom, reopened Friday, Mar 6,1948 as Barton’s 77

Closed 1974 Did not reopen for the 1975 season

Final showing, week of Aug 27, 1975. See picture of Daily Oklahoman

Location 9301 S. Shields Blvd.

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists as 77 Drive-in Exec RL Barton M8-C900-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists RL Barton as owner M9-C1000-D7*

1965 IMPA lists RL Barton as owner

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 800

Location by GPS N 35º 22.396’ W 97º 30.226’

1974, July 25, Drive in movie operator charged

Last movies shown, Burt Reynolds in “The Longest Yard,” and “The Gambler”

Wesley Horton AIDA

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 14, 2012 at 5:28 am

Up loaded Goggle Earth view 2011

rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 7:34 am

July 2nd, 1947 grand opening can be found in the photo section.

OKCdoorman on October 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Gulf States commenced their succeeding ownership of this theater on May 3, 1972 with Dimension Pictures' new film TWILIGHT PEOPLE, 1968’s MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, and 1969’s THE WITCHMAKER. And for what its worth, the exact day of permanent closing was Tuesday, September 2, 1975 featuring $1 admission for adults. (Oklahoma Journal for both sources)

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