Y Drive-In

22513 US-59,
Poteau, OK 74953

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The Y Drive-In was opened in 1949 and was operated by M.A. Harris. It had closed by 1952.

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Kenmore on July 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

A 1955 Aerial Map shows what appears to be the remnants of a drive-in located at County Road 124 and Old Wister Highway, Poteau, OK south of the town. It was located one block to the SE of the intersection on County Road 124.

Today, the property is occupied by radio station KPRV-AM you can still see what appears to the be the ramps and perhaps the screen foundation near the road. http://tinyurl.com/hj8dsux

jwmovies on February 27, 2019 at 12:31 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 22513 US-59, Poteau, OK 74953. This points directly to the drive in itself. Now KPRV radio.

Please update.

davidcoppock on February 27, 2019 at 12:42 am

Is the Y short for something?

MichaelKilgore on June 19, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Looks like the opening was in late 1949, as reported in the Oct. 29 issue of BoxOffice that year: “M. A. Harris has opened a 300-car outdoor theatre three miles west of Pryor. He named it the Y Drive-In.”

Kenmore on June 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

MichaelKilgore, do you mean Pryor, Oklahoma? That is about 100 miles from Poteau.

MichaelKilgore on June 20, 2019 at 5:53 am

Kenmore, while I am not immune from typos and mistakes, that quote is accurate from Page 84. I saw M. A. Harris + the Y Drive-In and put it here. Considering that there are no large Y intersections west of Pryor, my guess is that someone in the BoxOffice editorial chain typed the wrong town name.

davidcoppock on June 20, 2019 at 7:38 am

Is the only drive-in with a one letter name?

Kenmore on June 20, 2019 at 8:42 am

The quote you used has at least two mistakes, the wrong town and wrong direction. It’s actually closer to say the Y Drive-In was south of Poteau, not west of it.

Based on a 1955 aerial, I’m rather dubious that the drive-in could’ve held 200 vehicles, much less 300. But then again the information provided was probably provided by those who wanted the drive-in to sound more impressive than it was.

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