Hankins Drive-In

2710 SW 11th Street,
Lawton, OK 73501

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Hankins Drive-In

Other than the location north-east of Lawton Airport and operating dates of opening on September 30, 1950 and operating through 1986, not much else is known about the former Hankins Drive-In.

Contributed by Cactus Jack

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RevJones on April 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

The Hankins was still in operation in the summer of 1986. It closed sometime in late 1986 or 1987. Patrons were invited to cut the speaker loose from the pole and take it with them as a souveneir. A church has since been built on the premises.

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Mike Rogers might have some info on this theatre after he sees this post.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I have the same info above.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

From my database:

Hankins Drive-in Theatre (closing article, opening ad)

Opened 30 Sept 1950

Address listed as Hiway 277 at Airport

Address listed in closing article as SW Bishop road and 11th

Location: N 34° 33.86', W 98° 24.19' (South east corner)

Last Drive-in to close in Lawton, closed in Oct 1986

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Ned and Jack Hankins as Exec C600

1965 IMPA lists Volney Hamm as Exec.

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 640

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 300, Owned by Volney Hamm

1984 IMPA lists Volney Hamm as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

OkieDoug on August 24, 2013 at 9:10 am

Back in the 1950’s Hankins was one of two drive in theaters, the other being the Mt. Scott Drive In on Sheridan Road, where there is now a Wal-Mart. It used to have dollar carload nights (on Wednesdays I believe) and had a great snack bar. Hankins was located at the corner of Bishop Road and Fort Sill Blvd (11th Street) on the south side of town near the airport.

Kenmore on January 12, 2016 at 3:08 pm

The property itself appears to be clear and abandoned with no building or structure present. Only the ramps, foundation for the projection booth/concession stand, and elements of the screen foundation are left. http://tinyurl.com/hh5vbz2

davidcoppock on December 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

I haven’t heard of people being invited to cut the speakers free and take them home as souveneirs before, wow!!?

davidcoppock on December 13, 2017 at 3:45 am

Why was it called Hankins?

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