81 Drive-In

490 N2820 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 located between Duncan and Meridian, Oklahoma. I think it was in a pasture.

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theaterrestorer on December 18, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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

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 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.

BrianFaulk on June 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

My family has many ties to this old place. My dad, brother and my self all ran the projectors.

Kenmore on June 3, 2016 at 12:59 am

A closer address (at least for Google) is 485 N2820 Rd, Duncan, Oklahoma. The drive-in is right across the road on the east side and the screen still appears to be in good shape. http://tinyurl.com/zhbqzre

jose1951 on September 2, 2016 at 2:11 am

@Ciganka My dad worked there as a projectionist in the 60s. His name was Bob and I am his son Joe. Were wondering if you had any other pictures from that time frame.

davidcoppock on September 2, 2016 at 3:04 am

“Why was it called 81 Drive-in?”

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Drive-In 54 on September 2, 2016 at 3:41 am

Because at one time the road that the drive-in was located on was called Rt. 81. Later on they built another Rt. 81 beside the old one.

Ciganka on July 31, 2018 at 5:26 pm

Brian Faulk, I know you well. Your father, your mother, Maurice, your other brother…Yep we were there at the Drive-in all the time.
OMG, Joe I remember you quite well, and your sister, and your moma and your dad. You little devil, I still remember you telling me that my epidermis was showing, and that I had garments all over me.

jwmovies on February 22, 2019 at 6:54 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 490 N2820 Road, Duncan OK 73533. This points to the lot next to the drive in itself.

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