Cleveland Drive-In

2506 E. Old Highway 64,
Cleveland, OK 74020

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The following text is taken directly from the roadsideoklahoma web site, which also features good photos -
"The Cleveland Drive-In is completely intact behind all the weeds and overgrowth. The screen tower, concession/projection booth, and ticket booth. The weeds are overwhelming, though, including quite a bit of poison ivy." The drive-in has since been demolished.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Yes, only Drive-in I can find is the Cleveland Drive-in owned by John Sanders.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

Just for the record, here is what I know about this theatre:

CLEVELAND (Osage Co.) Cleveland Drive-in May still be standing as of 2000 “On hiway 99 NW of Tulsa” Location: N 36° 17.16', W 96° 26.95' No newspaper found for Cleveland Oklahoma Listed in 1955 Theatre Catalog, Exec Jack Crain, Capacity 350 Listed in 1960 International Motion Picture Almanac, Owner John Sanders, Capacity 350 Listed in 1979 IMPA, owned by Woodall, Capacity not given 1984 IMPA lists Woodall as owner Aerial photograph suggests remains may be present.

This is from my database on Oklahoma drive in theatres. The fact that there was no newspaper listing means that I had gone to the newspaper archives at the Oklahoma Historical society and looked for any paper, with any listing for the drive in. NONE was found.

Wesley Horton

jwmovies on February 23, 2019 at 2:28 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 2506 E Old Hwy 64, Cleveland, OK 74020. This points to the Indian Electric Cooperative. The entrance road was SE of this on Old Hwy 64. There is no trace left. Source: 1965 historical aerial. Ramps are visible at that time.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on August 11, 2019 at 2:47 pm

BoxOffice used to get chatty, and this note from the March 7, 1960 issue told me more about John Sanders than I might have asked for:

John Sanders plans to reopen his Cleveland Drive-In about May 1. At present he is playing one picture a week in his Melba Theatre, on Friday-Saturday. When he reopens the drive-in, he will close the Melba to a Saturday only, using a film from the airer. He also has a cattle ranch. With all this snow, his feed bill is running into many dollars. His daughter is in high school in Cleveland and his son-in-law is finishing up his course at Oklahoma State University at Stillwater. During school hours, grandpa and grandma Sanders baby-sit with the daughter’s 10-month-old son. They think the grandson is about the finest thing that ever happened to them.

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