Kiamichi Drive-In

U.S. 271 and New Hope Road,
Antlers, OK 74523

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Kiamichi Drive-In

Townfolk still talk about the Kiamichi Drive-In, not for the movies that showed there, but because it is said the best food in town was served there. The concession stand served chicken basket dinners, catfish dinners, mountain oysters, along with standard hamburgers, hotdogs, and popcorn.

The Kiamichi Drive-In was opened on August 6, 1953, when it had a capacity for 240 cars. It was still open in 1979. It is no more, having returned to use as a cow pasture.

Contributed by Johnny Cake

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NYozoner on January 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

U.S. 271 & New Hope Rd, Antlers, OK 74523

The above address will map accurately to the location of the drive-in, which was at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Here is a 1961 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 10:05 am

From the American Institute of Drive-in Archaeology Database:

Kiamichi Drive-in (Article, ad, Topo map with di located)

Grand opening Thursday, Aug 6 1953

Location: N 34° 11.17' , W 95° 37.30' (Northeast corner)

Article on Aug 6, 1953

Location given as 3 miles South of Antlers on Highway 271

Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog, Exec J.L. Cooper,

Capacity 240 Cars

Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac,

Owner Mrs. E. Jess Cooper Capacity 275

Listed in 1979 IMPA, owned by J. N. Cooper, Capacity 200

1984 IMPA lists J.N. Jones as owner Study of aerial photos dated 10 Mar 95, show no trace of theatre remains.

Wesley Horton AIDA

MichaelKilgore on August 14, 2019 at 4:59 pm

“John Cooper in Antlers … and his brothers E. A. and Bill, and their mother, Mrs. Bessie Cooper, operate the Cooper and Kiamichi Drive-In theatres.” — Boxoffice, June 27, 1960

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