Moonlite Drive-In

N. Main Street and W. Hall of Fame Avenue,
Stillwater, OK 74074

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Moonlite Drive-In

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Opened prior to 1955 when it was operated by Video Independent Theaters Inc. Nothing remains of the former Moonlite Drive-in, and nothing seems to be available on its history. It was located at the intersection of N. Main Street and W. Hall of Fame Avenue.

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seymourcox on June 25, 2009 at 6:31 pm

The below site clears up the spelling of the Moonlite Drive-In. Looks as if this theatre was designed in Western Moderne styling. To see vintage photos type in word “Moonlite”,
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seymourcox on June 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Lost Memory:
Have you gotten your crystal ball out of the repair shop yet? I have a couple of questions to ask you.

seymourcox on June 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

This is completely off the subject of the Moonlite Drive-In, but – did Fox Theatres operate any cinemas on Times Square or downtown Los Angeles?

NYozoner on January 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

Here is a 1964 aerial photo of the drive-in, courtesy of Earth Explorer and USGS:

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm

From the American Institute of Drive-in Archaeology database:

Moonlight Drive-in Theatre (article, ad)

Location given as North on Main

Location: N 36° 7.66' W 97° 3.42'

Satellite photography shows no remains and unknown building on site

Grand opening 15 Jun 1949

Newspaper account lists Claude E. Leachman as managing director of Griffith-Leachman theatres.

Operated By Video Theatres from 16 Jun 1949 until 7 Feb 1968

1949-50 Theatre Catalog lists Video theatres as oner M9-C400-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner C327

1965 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner 1965 IMPA lists capacity as 400

Side note, Lostmemory mentions that IMPA actually gets something right. I have to confirm as a long time Drive in researcher, I discovered that back before the days of the EVIL SAMS DRIVE-IN THEATRE GUIDE…Seems that IMPA listed something and rarely if ever updated it. And it was typical that a theatre might have been closed 10 years and still be listed in the IMPA.

The notation at the top, (article, ad) indicates that I have located and copied both the original opening ad for the theatre, and a short newspaper article about it.

Wesley Horton AIDA. .

If anyone is wondering “who the heck this guy is” Randell Kunkell mentions it at the bottom of his Drive in theaters of the Mid atlantic at:

He even continues to list the columns I wrote for the old Evil Sam’s site here:

jwmovies on October 27, 2012 at 2:44 am

Above is not mapping properly. Use 102 East Hall of Fame Avenue.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on April 19, 2015 at 9:44 pm

The correct address is: W Hall of Fame Ave and North Main, Stillwater, OK

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