Apache Drive-In

3604 E. Apache Street,
Tulsa, OK 74115

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The Apache Drive-In opened prior to 1949 with Lena Horne in “Stormy Weather”. It was initially a negro theatre and was owned and operated by L.E. Snyder with a capacity for 350 cars. By 1955 it had a capacity for 500 cars. It became a ‘whites only’ theatre until the end of segregation. It closed in 1979 and was later demolished.

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m2violin
m2violin on July 8, 2005 at 12:23 pm

I believe you can still see part of the sign, or some such remnant, of the theatre. It’s on the south side of Apache Street, right across from Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus.

xxx
xxx on March 8, 2006 at 8:30 pm

Apache Drive-In was built for Tulsa’s African American community;
http://tulsatvmemories.com/aida.html

Craigadams11
Craigadams11 on November 23, 2006 at 9:25 am

The Apache was opened by L. E. Snyder July 7th 1948. was closed in 1983. It had a large playground complete with a miniature golf course and dance patio. The rides were built by Robert Bell, who later built Bells Amusement park here in Tulsa. They had a replica Crosley fire engine that they gave rides around the lot to children. The theatre had 12 ramps. I worked there during my HS years in the late 60’s and my dad was a ticket seller. Originally it was a black theatre and later catered to whites only until intergration.

Craigadams11
Craigadams11 on December 16, 2006 at 9:31 pm

A Rusted piece of the old Marquee is all that is left of the theatre.

Kenmore
Kenmore on June 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Here is an aerial photo of the Apache taken in 1967. http://tinyurl.com/kebogjo

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