Lake Air Drive-In

8335 NW 39th Expressway,
Bethany, OK 73008

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Lake Air Drive-In Theater Screen

The Lake Air Drive-In opened in April 1950 and closed at the end of the 1967 season.

Contributed by Jack Hunter

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Was it by the Lake Mike?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

Boy,TLSLOEWS,I bet it was.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

This link labels this as Lakeside, but these are actually images of the once lovely Lake Air Drive-In, OKC.
http://www.roadsideoklahoma.com/node/26

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on January 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Shown on this informative link are recent snapshots of the former LakeAire Drive-In Theatre …
http://www.abandonedok.com/lakeaire-drive-in/

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm

The Motion Picture Almanacs listed the Lake Air under Oklahoma City.

MPA drive-in list summary:

  • 1950-59: capacity 506, owner R. E. & C. B. McFarland
  • 1960-66: capacity 506, owner Robert Barton
  • 1969-76: capacity 506, no owner info
  • 1977: off the list

The May 19, 1951 Daily Oklahoman reported a recent storm that “tore up the screen of the Lake Air drive-in theater on the site of the old Lakeside golf course.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 22, 2019 at 10:31 pm

The Okie Mod Squad web site has a couple of photos of the ruins, posted in August 2018, as well as more notes about the Lake Air.

The site says the golf range morphed into the drive-in in 1950. “According to one expert, ‘It was built by Robert and Charles Mc Farland and sold to local theater magnet, Robert Lewis Barton in 1959.’ … The drive-in closed after the 1967 season and became a go-cart track then a golf range again and maybe even a church before being abandoned altogether in the early 2000s.”

Kenmore
Kenmore on February 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

The projection booth/concession stand that is shown in the photos and appears in a 2015 Google Street View appears to have been demolished from the latest overhead Google Map view.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 5, 2019 at 9:48 pm

The June 10, 1950 issue of BoxOffice reported that the “Lake-Air, owned by R. E. and C. B. McFarland, a 600-car situation at Oklahoma City,” opened in April.

KenParker
KenParker on February 7, 2020 at 9:55 am

I lived and worked there in the 50’s & 60’s

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