Okla Drive-In

OK-53 and OK-65,
Walters, OK 73572

200 cars

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Styled in Southwestern earth tones the Oklahoma Drive-In (200 car capacity) blended well with surounding terrain. Rustic landscaping consisted of desert plants. The Oklahoma Drive-In was opened by the Thompson Theatres Circuit in 1955. They renamed it the Okla Drive-In on April 6, 1957, screening Edmond O'Brien in “1984” & Audie Murphy in “To Hell and Back”. Several other operators took on the drive-in until the mid-1980’s when it closed.

Contributed by Jeff Chapman

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whorton on July 13, 2012 at 11:06 am

From the AIDA database:

Oklahoma Drive-in Theatre

Ad found in Grandfield paper [date omitted]

Not found on Topo map or satellite photo

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Glen Thompson of Thompson Theatres as owner C200

1965 IMPA lists owner as Charles Ralls

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 200

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 200. Owned by L. Hall

1984 IMPA lists L. Hall as owner

Wesley Horton AIDA

jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was Oklahoma 53 & Oklahoma 65. Some ramps are still there.

Kenmore on June 1, 2018 at 6:54 pm

jwmovies is correct, the address is Oklahoma 53 and Oklahoma 65, Walters, OK.

The drive-in sat on the SE corner of the intersection. Today, the property is empty, save for the bailed and rolled hay that is stored. You can easily see the ramps, entrance and exit road.


dallasmovietheaters on September 7, 2019 at 6:29 pm

Advertised as the Okla Drive-In Theatre from 1957 and into the 1960s likely until closing.

davidcoppock on September 8, 2019 at 1:22 am

Opened as the Okla Drive-in on 6/4/1957 with “1984” and “To Hell and back”.

kennerado on October 5, 2019 at 6:28 am

Snack bar building still appears to exist.

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