Airline Drive-In

1800 W. Highland Avenue,
Ponca City, OK 74601

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Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.

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Airline Drive-In

The Airline Drive-In opened in 1952, and is located in North Central Oklahoma not far from the Oklahoma/Kansas border. It got its name from its proximity to the Ponca City Municipal Airport.

The Airline Drive-In had a capacity for 500 cars and screened double bills. It was open on week ends in the spring and fall and seven nights during the peak summer season. Audio was provided over FM radio.

The Airline Drive-In closed in 2007, but reopened briefly in summer of 2014.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

brentclarkf on May 9, 2005 at 9:23 am

Good news! The Airline is open. The show starts at dusk. Call (580) 762-65645 for details.

raybradley on June 17, 2009 at 3:55 pm

What roadsideoklahoma says about the Airline Drive-In,
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missmelbatoast on January 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Recent photos of the closed down Airline Drive-In can be seen on this fun site …

Driveintheatre2001 on January 26, 2012 at 3:13 am

3 Photos I took back in July of 2010 of the Airline Drive In Theatre.. Enjoy..

Randy A Carlisle – Historical Photographer

Kenmore on August 23, 2014 at 7:33 am

The Drive-In re-opened for a few final showings. It will be demolished soon, but the community of Ponca City came out in droves to see “God is Not Dead”.

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Drive-In 54 on August 23, 2014 at 9:34 am

It is to bad they cannot rebuild it and open it up for screening movies all summer.

MichaelKilgore on July 17, 2019 at 6:59 am

From the August 12, 1953 issue of The EXHIBITOR: “Video Independent Theatres opened the Sooner Drive-In, Miami, Okla., and the Airline Drive-In, Ponca City, Okla.”

MichaelKilgore on March 29, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Ron Stahl of the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department, in a column carried by the Okmulgee Daily Times on June 27, 2007: “The comeback story belongs to the Airline Drive-In on West Highland in Ponca City. The venerable old theatre near the airport endured an ignoble decade of disuse before it was re-opened, refurbished, and rediscovered by outdoor movie lovers.”

Kenmore on March 29, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Google maps show the drive-in has been demolished and replaced with a housing edition.

The only reminder is the main street is named “Airline Drive”.

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