Lake Air Drive-In

8335 NW 39th Expressway,
Bethany, OK 73008

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Lake Air Drive-In

The Lake Air Drive-In opened in 1950 and operated into the 1970’s.

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seymourcox on June 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Located at 8335 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany (westside of Oklahom City), I’ve been told by a reliable source that the Lake Air Drive-In was once a beautiful facility. The entrance drive was lined by lattice fencing, with baroque trim, topped by Victorian gaslight fixtures. Manicured landscaping was exceptionally lush with a vast array of varied foliage.
Below the screentower was a small playground park surrounded by royal gold cannas, boardered by hostas plants. There was a candy cane striped swingset, candy striped teeter-totters, spiral slide, and a round trampoline housed inside a white gazebo.
The concession stand had a brick patio enclosed by an iron picket fence. The enterior was Victorian styled with flocked foil wallpaper and gingerbread trim. It offered the usual hot dogs, popcorn, candy, and pop, but its popular specialty was a breaded mutton steak sandwich, topped with mayo and onion rings (this sandwich was also a favorite across town at the Ice Cream Parlor inside Frontier City Amusement Park).
Time passes swiftly, after the Lake Air closed for the last time the lush foliage was no longer cared for, and began to take over the grounds. Standing in ruin today, one can still observe that this was once a special place in which to view a movie or two.
On the below link the Lake Air is erroneously listed as the Lakeside. Recent photos are posted of what the Lake Air looks like now -
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 4:38 pm

In 1956 it was owned by R.E.&C.B. MacFarland.

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Was it by the Lake Mike?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Boy,TLSLOEWS,I bet it was.

seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

This link labels this as Lakeside, but these are actually images of the once lovely Lake Air Drive-In, OKC.

missmelbatoast on January 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Shown on this informative link are recent snapshots of the former LakeAire Drive-In Theatre …

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