Teepee Drive-In

13166 W. Ozark Trail,
Sapulpa, OK 74066

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Previously operated by: Video Independent Theaters Inc.

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Teepee Drive-In

The Teepee Drive-In was built on the outskirts of Tulsa, opening on May 5, 1950 with a capacity of 400 cars.

Over its 50 years it has passed through numerous owners. The current owner tried to make a go of it in 1998 and 1999 but didn’t succeed. It did not re-open for the 2000 season.

The current owner is looking for a person to take over the operations and re-open the drive-in. Renovations began in March 2021.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Norman Plant
Norman Plant on June 3, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Kenmore, I thought the same thing. I would think whomever maintains the road (city, county, state) would want to divert around the bridge for the people who live down that road. But then that would more than likely end the drive-in as they would take part of the field more than likely. I don’t think it would make much economic sense for a potential owner to have to pay off the VFW for some of their land just to enter the drive-in. But that bridge is definitely rough.

KenLayton on June 3, 2019 at 4:05 pm

It would be nice to see this theater open again.

Kenmore on June 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

If the bridge is not going to be repaired, then the city or county can establish an access as it is their responsibility. In fact, they would have to if the bridge is deemed unsafe which its not far away from that.

Plus, there is plenty of room between the VFW and the glass company to create a two-lane access road with no need to cut into the drive-in.

Despite that, I think that they will have to repair the bridge even with all the cost involved.

MichaelKilgore on July 1, 2019 at 10:45 am

Currently listed for a mere $290,000. Some places you can’t buy a house at that price.

Then again, it is a fixer-upper.

Kenmore on July 1, 2019 at 11:39 am

Fixing the bridge will take considerably more.

MichaelKilgore on July 29, 2019 at 8:51 am

“Bob Getter said he is putting on a gravel and blacktop surface at the Tee-Pee Drive-In, and is making ready for an early spring opening.” — BoxOffice, Feb. 4, 1956

MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 9:21 am

The Tee Pee was mentioned in the May 16, 1960 issue of Boxoffice as one of three Oklahoma drive-ins whose screen towers “were destroyed and other damage sustained” by storms on May 4 & 5 that year.

rivest266 on June 4, 2020 at 8:44 am

Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore on March 10, 2021 at 5:47 am

The Kante Group, part of the family of organizations by local entrepreneur Joni Rogers-Kante, has purchased the TeePee, as reported by the Sapulpa Times. Heavy equipment has already begun clearing the overgrown viewing field - photos in the article.

The Times wrote, “It’s unknown at this time exactly in what way the property will be used, but unnamed sources have told Sapulpa Times that they expect to have the theater operating again by the summer of 2021.” Unnamed sources? I wonder whether this was a spokesperson who didn’t want to talk on the record or just some local rumor.

Left unspoken is how patrons would drive to a reborn TeePee. If the Rock Creek Bridge is still closed, that would mean a fairly long drive on a narrow, albeit historic, stretch of old Route 66.

Kenmore on March 10, 2021 at 9:15 am

Either the bridge will have to be fixed or an access road cut behind the bridge. Coming from the other direction would create a substantial mess.

Unless they cut a deal with the VFW to allow access through their parking area. It would help with the overflow of traffic, but the VFW would have to be convinced to do it.

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