81 Drive-In

Old Highway 81 and Terry Road,
Duncan, OK 73533

250 cars

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81 Theater

This theater opened in 1955 with a 250 car capacity and closed in 1980, according to my grandparents. It was demolished in 1992 and was located between Duncan and Meridian, Oklahoma. I think it was in a pasture.

Contributed by William Fletcher

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Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on October 17, 2009 at 4:24 am

This theater looks to be a duplicate of the 81 Drive-In listed in Comanche, OK. I wonder which city can rightly claim this one?

Ciganka
Ciganka on August 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Well I guess I am the resident expert here since this is my family’s theatre. Very good question. We had a phone line from Duncan and received our mail from Comanche. The dividing line at the time for the cities was just a tiny bit North of us, so I suppose we were true border dwellers.

jwmovies
jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 11:07 am

Found it!

This drive-in was approx. just south of the OLD U.S. Hwy 81 & Terry Rd.

theaterrestorer
theaterrestorer on December 18, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Ciganka do you own it?

theaterrestorer
theaterrestorer on December 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Email me at telling the price of how much it would sell for.

stevel1956
stevel1956 on June 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm

This theater has not been demolished, as mentioned in the header above. I’ll post a few photos that I took yesterday. I have no idea what was on the property when it was in operation, but the only thing obviously missing is the ticket booth.

kcloan
kcloan on March 10, 2015 at 10:39 pm

According to the Duncan telephone book … appears in 1954 and drops out in 1982. I used to go to this drive in. It was by the Sunray Refinery. The smell in the summer was an issue.

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