Moonlite Drive-In

400 N. Main Street,
Stillwater, OK 74074

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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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Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2009 at 5:34 pm

A Moonlite Drive-In is listed in the 1975 IMPA for Stillwater with a capacity for 400 cars. You be the judge for the correct spelling.

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 25, 2009 at 12:31 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2009 at 1:47 pm

It’s nice to see that IMPA got the spelling right for a change.

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Ask away Seymour. The crystal ball could use a new bulb but it might be working well enough to answer your questions. :)

seymourcox
seymourcox on June 29, 2009 at 2:00 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
NYozoner on January 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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

http://flic.kr/p/9bU2oN

whorton
whorton on July 13, 2012 at 12:38 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:

http://www.driveins.org/thanks.htm

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

http://www.driveins.org/aida1.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida2.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida3.htm

http://www.driveins.org/aida4.html

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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

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