Park Vu Drive-In

459 S. Ash Street,
Nowata, OK 74048

300 cars

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On September 20, 1952, Motion Picture Herald wrote: “The Parkvu, Nowata, opened this week. Owner is Chester Fleming.”

The 1953-54 Theatre Catalog included two drive-ins in Nowata. The Park Vu held 300, owned by C. V. Fleming, and the Sky-Vu on “Rt. 60” held 265, owners Bud Hicks and J. J. Bowden. US 60 is the east-west highway through Nowata.

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Kenmore on October 11, 2021 at 10:58 am

I have a possible location, 459 S. Ash, Nowata, OK

A 1959 entry in the Nowata Daily Star states that Chester Fleming, the owner of the now-defunct Park-Vu drive-in on US 169 leased the land for a trailer court to be constructed.

Given the description, that trailer court was opposite Jack Gordon Park. The article states that the trailer court would have gas, electric, water, and sewer service, so the location makes sense.

A 1971 aerial photo shows several trailers placed close together at that location, but no trace of a drive-in. Today, there are still a few trailers on the site.

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