11th Street Drive-In

1100 South Mingo Road,
Tulsa, OK 74101

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Hi-Way 66 Drive-In, Tulsa, OK. 1946 Ad

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Opened as the Hi-Way 66 Drive-In on August 21, 1947 and was owned by Griffith Theatres. It later became part of the Video Independent drive-ins. The theatre was later renamed the 11th Street Drive-In in March 1964 and was twinned in March 1977. Last operated by Martin Theatres, it was operation until June 1983.

The theatre has been demolished and a church stands on the site of the former drive in.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

xxx on March 8, 2006 at 8:32 pm

For complete history of Tulsa’s Highway 66 Drive-In, see;

raybradley on August 29, 2007 at 11:33 pm

View vintage photos of this cinema when it was still known as Route-66 Drive-In Theatre,
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seymourcox on September 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm

Later day photo after screen tower had been expanded to wide screen,

missmelbatoast on December 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

All the way up to 1967 the 11th Street Drive-in always included a newsreel on the program. Universal News were the last to be shown.

whorton on May 4, 2013 at 12:29 am

With all deference to “Chuck” he is way off on his facts for this drive-in.

First of all, the picture is of the AIRWIEW drive in, and is from the Beryl Ford collection, available through the Tulsa city county library.

Secondly, the 66 drive-in as it was originally called when it opened on Aug 21, 1947. It was built by Griffith theaters, which later became Video theaters. It was rebuilt as the 66 drive-in on march 4, 1964. It was later twinned in march of 1977.

After video theaters was sold to Martin theaters, it finally closed in June of 1983.

Chuck is correct in that it was demolished and a church currently occupies the site which is just West of 169 on the North side of the street.

Wesley Horton
American institute of drive-in archaeology.

Kenmore on June 9, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I worked the concession stand at the 11th Street Drive In the final two years it was open. It was certainly a great experience for me and boy did we show some oddball films at that place. Still, I will never forget Kenny Rogers' film “Six Pack” packed the place for weeks on end.

Kenmore on June 12, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Aerial View of the 11th Street Drive In from 1967.


Cimarron on February 17, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Grand Opening Ad showing 1946’s “Canyon Passage” added to Photo Section.

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