Circus Drive-In

Hugo, OK

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Decorated in joyous circus themes, Hugo’s Circus Drive-In opened in the mid-1940s and continuously operated until the late-1970s. After that it was an on and off operation until closing completely in the early-1980s. Recently it has been rumored that a local concern is making arrangements to begin restoration work on this festive facility to prepare it for cinema use again.

For many decades Hugo was winter quarters for several circus units. Showmen’s Rest Cemetery reflects Hugo’s connection with exotic circus folk.

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Contributed by J. D. Chapman

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rhteague
rhteague on January 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I doubt if the Circus Drive-In will ever be restored (at least at the original location). There is presently an onion factory there that processes onions for Campbell Soup. I would like to see it restored though. I was a projectionist there for three years during my high school years (1966-1969). Back then, we ran all year long and changed movies three times a week.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2009 at 5:25 pm

In 1975 the Circus Drive-In had a capacity for 304 cars.

raybradley
raybradley on July 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Hugo, OK, was once known as Circus City, U.S.A, hence the name Circus Drive-In. Here are interesting sites on this subject –
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10433
and,
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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 21, 2012 at 5:18 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was W. Jackson Rd. and New Airport Rd.

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