Cinema C Drive-In

8300 NW 10th Street,
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

500 cars

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Circle Drive-In Theater Box Office-Later became Cinema-C Drive-In.

The Circle Drive-In located in Oklahoma City opened on April 2, 1950 with Brodrick Crawford in “All the King’s Men”. It was closed by August 1965 but briefly reopened as the renamed Cinema C Drive-In in 1967. It had a capacity for 500 cars.

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rivest266 on August 21, 2018 at 2:34 pm

This opened as the Circle Drive-In on April 2nd, 1950. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on August 21, 2018 at 9:00 pm

Odd name!! Was there a Cinema A or Cinema B drive-in as well?

jwmovies on February 22, 2019 at 4:23 am

The address listed is incorrect. A more accurate address for this theater is 8300 NW 10th St. Oklahoma City OK 73127. This is further east. Now housing.

Please update.

davidcoppock on February 23, 2019 at 12:27 am

Does the c in Cinema C stand for anything?

MichaelKilgore on February 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

The Daily Oklahoman wrote on June 9, 1968 that the former Barton drive-ins, including “the Sooner Twin, North Penn Twin, Northwest Highway, Cinema C, Cinema 66, Lake Air, Airline, Barton’s 77 and Soldier Creek”, were going to be merged with Ferris Enterprises, run by Maurice Ferris.

“Ferris said the merged companies plan to remodel all of the former Barton theaters at a cost of more than $500,000. The remodelling will begin June 12 with the closing of the North Penn Twin and the Cinema 66.”

MichaelKilgore on May 20, 2019 at 8:05 am

The June 5, 1954 Motion Picture Herald reported that Barton Theatres had acquired the Circle drive-in. “Mr. and Mrs. Harold Combs are managing the theatre temporarily. This is the 15th theatre in the Barton chain in Oklahoma City.”

MichaelKilgore on July 17, 2019 at 7:17 am

Based on newspaper ads, it looks like the Circle was closed for a while before they tried to reboot it as the Cinema C. I couldn’t find Circle ads from August 1965 until the Cinema C’s Grand Opening. And it looks like the reboot didn’t take; I couldn’t find any Cinema C ads after October 1967.

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