Rogers Drive-In

Highway 20,
Claremore, OK 74017

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Don’t know if from the Rogers Drive-In folks could "sit and gawk, and watch a hawk making lazy circles in the sky", for Claremore is the actual setting for the fictional musical play “OKLAHOMA!” It was also the setting for the dramatic play “Dark at the Top of the Stairs”. Home town of famed actor Will Rogers, the Rogers Drive-In was named in his honor.

Though somewhat smaller than most outdoor theaters with a car capacity of only 264, it still had a good size screen tower. The Rogers Drive-In was opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by Video Independent Theaters Inc. Closed in the late-1990’s, the facility has since been torn down.

Contributed by Cosmic Ray

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

TLsloews, I want so bad to tell you my family ownes this Drive-in and I fly out everyweekend to manage it,but I would be caught in a lie.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Speaking Of Drive-ins do You have any stories on these fine NASHVILLE,Tenn Drive-ins.

1.Bel-Air Drive-in
2.Bordeaux Drive-In
6. Drive-in
It seems odd that Augusta,much smaller had more Drive-ins than Nash

TLSLOEWS on March 16, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Maybe because we had more real theatres,just kidding.Yes Mike Crescent Amusement Company built many of them including the CRESCENT or LOEWS CRESCENT as I know it,their office was in the Crescent bulding they built many theatres in Nashville and other places,and by the way all of these drive-ins are long gone.At one time they owned most the theatres in Tennessee,wish I had more info on them.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm

You are going to have to do what Nick as done and me to,to a lesser extent and start writing up a history on your city’s Drive-ins if they aren’t already on CT.

TLSLOEWS on March 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

O.K. Mike I do not know that much about them,but I will try. You must be a Leo.? Am I right?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Wait Don’t do it!If you can’t get the facts right it ain’t worth getting “called on the carpet” for a mistake and believe me if some guys and catch a small mistake i made on a few Augusta theatres,just think you being in a larger city they will eat you alive. I am a Scorpio.{not that i give it any creedence]

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm

I mean Tlsloews i have been corrected on THEATRES I managed.Ain’t worth it unless you can do like Nick and spend hours in research.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Come on guys. . this one is easy…

From the AIDA database. .

CLAREMORE (Rogers Co.)

Rogers Drive-in (article, ad)

Grand opening Friday, Jun 16, 1950

Location: N 36° 18.46', W 95° 34.33'

Location given as 1 ½ mile East on Highway 20

Operated by Video Theatres 16 June 1950 to 3 May 83

AKA GRIFFITH which became VIDEO theatres…

Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog with a capacity of 300

Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac with a capacity of 296

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner.

Aerial photo suggest remains Actually very little. A part of the fence and a bit of the entrance concrete. .

Wesley Horton AIDA

jwmovies on November 17, 2012 at 11:53 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 14613 Oklahoma 20.

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