Dive Inn Theater

SE 29th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73110

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missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on April 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

From CardCow comes this postcard and the upper left hand corner shows a coffee shop that was identical to the Dive Inn Theatre (which was built inside a former cafe). Probably the same architect designed both motel units,
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 26, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hey,maybe ATLANTA,but not here.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

What about Georgia??

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

This sounds like a theatre in L.A. or New York,if you can really call it a theatre. I guess it has to be on CT.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on September 9, 2007 at 7:45 pm

This is not a photo of the Dive Inn, but it closely resembles what the unit looked like, especially the tall cactus sign -
http://www.tulsalibrary.org/JPG/D3848.jpg

Rodney
Rodney on July 4, 2007 at 11:54 am

This theatre was before my time, but whomsoever owned this raunchy cinema must have raked in millions of dollars, because every guy over forty claims to have patronized (at least once) this tiny screening room.

CaptainBazzark
CaptainBazzark on December 25, 2006 at 11:55 pm

I used to go watch porno films at this odd little theatre when I was stationed at nearby Tinker Air Force Base.

jessiearcher
jessiearcher on December 1, 2006 at 12:02 pm

This sleazy eastside joint was still in business at least till 1993 because that was my senior year at U.S. Grant High School. That was also the same year when my best friend and I took a couple of girls from Northwest High to this motel.
The run down motel had a Spanish flavor with a roof that from afar looked like green terra cotta tile. A closer look revealed what was actually stamped enamelled metal.
Perhaps the exterior had originally been covered with stucco, but all wood lats were fully exposed with gray cement inbetween. This gave the naked complex an ugly striped shell.
One end of the motor court was a closed down gas station. At the other end was the Dive Inn Theater. Connecting these anchoring haciendas was an arched veranda that sheltered a dozen room units.
For the moment the name of this old hacienda escapes me, but since the tall sign was shaped like a green neon suguarro, the name had to be something along the line of El Pinga Grande. Anyway, it had a Spanish moniker.
My buddy and his girl got the room first, so to kill time my date and I shared the small cinema with nine others. It was pretty much as described above. Blue indirect light filtered through thick jungle plants. Wall sconces were shaped like Tiki masks with orange jewel eyes that sparkled. Glow in the dark stars were glued to a dark blue ceiling, and a porn film played on the giant screen TV.

missmelbatoast
missmelbatoast on November 26, 2006 at 7:30 am

The Dive Inn Theater was definetly located on SE 29th St, near Trosper Park. I am sure of this because I went to this porn house several times.
The only way to get inside the theater was to go through the motel office. The auditorium walls were lined with tropical print leno. The floors were covered with green outdoor carpeting. The giant projection television set showed XXX videos and was flanked by lush tropical foliage that put out a nice earthy scent. Facing the TV were three rows of theater seats, seven chairs to a row. Behind these rows was the elevated hot tub that sat eight people. Off to one corner was a cedar sauna that was also surrounded by thick foilage.
The same porn videos that were playing in the theater were also showing inside the motel rooms via a closed circuit system. Whenever the front desk clerk suspected the vice sqaud or undercover cops were checking out the place the video showing would abruptly switch to a mild sexploitation video like “Getting Into Heaven,” or “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.” This action also helped warn the theater audience to stop any illegal activity that was going on.
The city finally condemned the motel unit as a health hazard and the entire complex was soon torn down.

seymourcox
seymourcox on November 23, 2006 at 11:38 am

While visiting a close friend who lived on OKC’s Northwest side, we drove down to the Southeast district to go to the Rose Glow Ballroom to hear a nine piece western swing orchestra. During our drive we happened to pass the Dive Inn Theater.
It was a part of a shabby motel unit. The time of day was just past dusk on a Saturday evening and I was surprised to see that there were cars already parked outside every room door.
The Dive Inn marquee was only a flat letterboard sign mounted atop a two wheel trailer, with a flashing light bulb arrow pointing toward the small side cinema.
Since I grew up in Tulsa, OKC geography is mostly unfamiliar to me. Seems I do remember, however, seeing the Dive Inn on the Southeast side of the city, because we passed it both ways coming and going from the Rose Glow. I do know the next night we went Southwest way to the Chieftain Cinema, and am sure I didn’t see the Dive Inn in that area of town. We never ventured into the Northeast sector during my stay, so it couldn’t have been over there.
By the way, the Rose Glow orchestra was fantastic!

raybradley
raybradley on November 8, 2006 at 3:38 pm

After thinking it over I must add this. Once I noticed this porn cinema as I drove past that old clapboard motel, but seems that I remember seeing it on N.E. 29th St.
I do remember that the cinema was off to one side of the front office, inside an area that looked like it had been a cafe or gift shop. Windows were all painted black. Tickets were probably purchased from the desk clerk.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on November 8, 2006 at 8:12 am

“Hot tub seating”? Sounds very 1970’s to me.

An interesting “variant” on an adult theater.

raybradley
raybradley on November 7, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Not sure this would actually qualify as a theatre. Built within a grungy motel, the Dive Inn was a tiny video cinema that held a dozen movie chairs, plus hot tub seating.