Sooner Drive-In #2

2415 N. Main Street,
Miami, OK 74354

400 cars

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Sooner Drive-In

The Tri-State Drive-In was opened June 30, 1949 with Susan Hayward in “Tulsa”. It was operated by Griffith Theatres. Later operated by Video Independent Theaters Inc. out of Oklahoma City. In August 1963 it was renamed Sooner Drive-In after the previous Sooner Drive-In in town.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on December 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2415 North Main Street. Now Safeway!

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 24, 2019 at 9:05 pm

According to extensive notes at MiamiHistory.net, the Tri State had its Grand Opening on June 30, 1949, and had a capacity of 500 cars. “At some point between 1961 and 1965, the Tri-State was renamed to the Sooner. According to historian Fredas Cook, it was to take advantage of the much nicer Sooner sign formerly used south of town.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 31, 2019 at 7:37 pm

The May 5, 1960 issue of BoxOffice marked the passing of John H. Griffin, former mayor, police and fire commissioner of Miami. “He was in charge of Miami’s three downtown theatres and the drive-in north of town when he died.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 17, 2019 at 6:56 am

According to ads in the Miami News-Record, the Tri-State didn’t change its name to the Sooner until after Aug. 21, 1963. It was the Sooner by Aug. 23, 1963.

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