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
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.

BrianFaulk
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
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
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
davidcoppock on September 2, 2016 at 3:04 am

“Why was it called 81 Drive-in?”

Drive-In 54
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
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
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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