66 Drive-In

3105 W. 3rd Street,
Elk City, OK 73644

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66 Drive-In

The 66 Drive-In was opened prior to 1955.

This unauthorized "lift" description of the 66 Drive-In is taken from the web site roadsideoklahoma,
"The old lot is now inhabited by a Wal-Mart. I passed through Elk City in late-2007, and deviated off of I-40 just to visually confirm that there were no remains…and that is so!"

Just what is needed, another Walmart.
Nuf sed!

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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jwmovies
jwmovies on November 18, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Above info is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 3105 West 3rd Street. Now Tractor Supply.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 22, 2019 at 1:53 pm

The 66 Drive-In (no “Route” mentioned in the name) first appeared in the 1949-50 edition of the Theatre Catalog, capacity 400, owner Video Ind. Theatres, Inc. The 66 was also in the first Motion Picture Almanac drive-in list, the 1950-51 edition, and stayed through the final MPA list in 1988.

MPA drive-in list summary:

  • 1950-66: Capacity 500, Owner Video Ind.
  • 1969-76: Capacity 500, no owner info
  • 1977-84: Capacity 300, Owner Video Indep.
  • 1985-88: Owner Martin
MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 12:57 pm

An Elk City history book, found at the Old Town Museum there, said that the 66 Drive-In Theatre was under construction in late 1949 and was owned by Griffith Theatre and Amusement Company, which also owned the Elk Theatre and the (also under construction) Westland Theatre.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 7:43 pm

First noticed by kencmcintyre, here’s a note from the May 6, 1950 issue of BoxOffice that suggests the 66 opened by 1949:

ELK CITY, OKLA. – Winfred Wilcoxon, formerly at the Elk Theater here, now is manager of the 66 Drive-In on Route 66 west of here. Dale Brister, who managed the drive-in last season, has been shifted to the Elk.

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