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 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

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 on August 3, 2011 at 9:00 am

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 on August 31, 2012 at 6:07 am

Found it!

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

theaterrestorer on December 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Ciganka do you own it?

theaterrestorer on December 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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

stevel1956 on June 27, 2013 at 4:00 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 6:39 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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