77 Drive-In

9301 S. Shields Boulevard,
Oklahoma City, OK 73160

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77 Drive-In

The Odom Drive-In opened on July 2, 1947 with John Wayne in “Angel and the Badman”. It 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 on September 2, 1975.

Contributed by Chuck

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Please correct address to:

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

hcombs
hcombs on April 26, 2011 at 11:23 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
whorton on July 13, 2012 at 4:40 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 8:28 am

Up loaded Goggle Earth view 2011

rivest266
rivest266 on April 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

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

OKCdoorman
OKCdoorman on October 27, 2015 at 3:18 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)

rivest266
rivest266 on August 22, 2018 at 6:55 pm

Reopened as the Barton’s 77 Drive-In on March 10th, 1949. Another grand reopening ad from July 7th, 1968 (along with the Airline Drive-In). Both ads posted.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 20, 2018 at 10:32 am

Also opened with a Bugs Bunny cartoon(not named), and a Three Stooges short(Fright night).

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Management built a new concession stand in the 1955-56 offseason, per a Feb. 25, 1956 note in the Motion Picture Herald.

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