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Riviera Drive-In

8 SE 59th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73129

700 cars

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Riviera Drive In, Oklahoma City OK  1994

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I couldn’t get an exact time line on the opening of the Riviera but the screen was severly damaged in a storm in 1999. The theatre closed after that. The rest of the the drive in is still intact although shabby. It was a single screen with a 700 car capactiy.

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kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

The Riviera, still open on the weekends in the winter of 1994:
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seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

This lind shows the ruins of the former Riviera Drive-In,

KenLayton on July 25, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This theater looks like it’s worth fixing the screen tower & reopening. Call Selby Screens and get a quote for making a new screen tower.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

From the AIDA database:

Riviera Drive-in Theatre (article, ad)

Opened August 22, 1967

Located at 8 SE 59th

Location by GPS N 35º 24.368 W 97º 30.646

Newspaper showed a “Swap Shop” on May 3, 1968

Screen blew down during winter of 1999, theatre did not reopen.

Owned By George Caporal. (I should add that George Caporal had died at this point and ownership of the drive in went to his son, Sam Caporal. Sam was an attorney and did not want to have anything to do with running the drive in.

The reason the screen blew down, was that it was constructed of oilfield drilling pipe. The only problem was that in 1967, no one bothered to weld caps on the TOP of the pipe, and they basically stood with water in them for 32 years…time took its toll and with a good wind, down came the screen.

I did have the privilege of being the Union projectionist there in 1985 and part of 86. If you want to see the truly sad end for the drive in, there is a great set of pictures of its stripping and vandalism here:

Truly a sad end for a once great, but tawdry drive in. I am sure there are lots of people in Oklahoma City who remember seeing such wonderful films as, “Hell’s Angels unchained,” or “Glory Stompers” in the late 60s to “Candy stripe Nurses” in the late 70’s…

Wesley Horton AIDA

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