69 Drive-In

69 Street & E. 1090 Road,
Checotah, OK 74426

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69 Drive-In

A typical outdoor theatre, the 69 Drive-In served the movie entertainment needs of Checotah residents since at least 1955. Since Connors State College and popular Lake Eufala are nearby it also got a nice share of students and tourist too.

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seymourcox on April 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

Local legend claims that originally this drive-in theatre was planned to be placed atop Tiger Mountain, midway between Checotah and Henryetta. It was believed this choice location would benefit investors by attracting movie goers from both towns.
Excavation of the property commenced with the addition of a paved road that encircled the future theatre grounds, but before any structures were ever built, it was discovered that enormous swarms of lightning bugs invaded Tiger Mountain during Spring and Summer. Though fire flies are harmless to humans, and they do not fly far off the ground, their vast numbers of twinkling glow would have certainly interfered with outdoor movie watching. So, the original site was abandoned and the present day site of the 69 Drive-In was chosen instead.
During the early 1960’s the State of Oklahoma paid top dollar to acquire the original drive-in lot in order to install a rest area along I-40. Today the original drive-in theatre road is still used, and one can journey up to the North rest area on Tiger Mountain and still see the distinct outline of a drive-in theatre plan.

missmelbatoast on May 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

I have been informed that during planning stages of this theatre the name Honey Springs Drive-In was seriously contemplated.

Lauren Durbin
Lauren Durbin on February 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

This theater has been closed for a long time and can now be classified as demolished.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

THe 69 Drive in was owned by J.P. Jones in 1956.

GentryCinema on June 14, 2011 at 5:19 am

As stated above, the 69 Drive-In has long been closed and demolished. It is now an empty field.

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Drive-In 54 on May 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

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jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

According to Google Maps, approx. location is now Old Highway 69 & E 1090 Rd in Texanna.

Robert Allen
Robert Allen on November 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

The 69 has been demolished.

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