Teepee Drive-In

13166 W. Ozark Trail,
Sapulpa, OK 74066

400 cars

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Teepee Drive-In

The Teepee Drive-In was built on the outskirts of Tulsa in 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.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

cahammoaz on April 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm

who is sellinf D-i?
email me

or call 928-565-1659

Rogue on June 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

I couldn’t find it on New Sapulpa Rd. It looks like its at Route 66 and W. Ozark Trail in Sapulpa, OK.

Still standing, although all grown up. 6/2011

grace on September 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

Does anyone know who owns this??? please email me at …Thanks.

spudnut_bake_shop on June 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

This drive-in has a renewed volunteer effort going on to reopen this landmark. Visit the website http://teepeedrive-in.com or http://www.facebook.com/TeePeeDriveIn

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Drive-In 54 on June 1, 2012 at 9:15 am

Upload Aerial 2012…Looking at the pictures it looks like the drive-in can be reopened with some hard work/cleaned up and few bucks to get it up to date. Plus maybe it could be twined, if they could get some extra few acres of land.

KenLayton on June 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

Rebuild those tube amplifiers and you can run some in-car speakers again!

bloosoda on June 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

Concerns growing over Sapulpa drive-in developer Concerns raised over drive-in developer by: Ian Silver Published: 6/21 5:52 pm

Last month FOX23 News reported on a Florida businessman’s plans to restore Sapulpa’s TeePee Drive-In Theater to its old Route 66 glory days, but now that businessman’s plans and motives have come into question.

During the month since the announcement the drive-in site has gone through some major changes, thanks to more than 50 volunteers. Those changes include significant clearing of overgrown brush and general cleaning up of the site.

But a lot of questions and concerns over the legitimacy of the developer, Russell Glen, who also uses the last name Brannan, have also popped up over the past month.

Volunteers say the clean-up project has been great for the community, but they say it’s been hard to see through all the smoke and mirrors Brannan has put up.

“He has sworn three or four different times he’s going to show up, and he hasn’t,” volunteer Keith Holder said. “That was my first flag right there.”

Holder has spent countless hours working at the site and leading a small army of volunteers. He was also one of two local volunteers who set up a bank account for the drive-in on Glen/Brannan’s request. The other volunteer even put $2,000 in the account. Glen/Brannan claimed he put $10,000 in the account.

“There is no record at the bank whatsoever of anything of any nature like that,” Holder said. “He did not put one red cent in there.”

Fortunately, Glen/Brannan was not a signer on the account, so the other volunteer was able to get most of his money back before closing out the account.

But Holder said Glen/Brannan continued to push him to collect more donations.

“Until he proves to me that he is upright, that he is straight and honest, I’m not going to ask anybody for money. I’m not going to do it.”

FOX23 News tried four times to reach Glen/Brannan by phone Thursday to ask why he hasn’t spent a cent on the site and why he’s now trying to lease the property, despite claiming he was going to buy it a few weeks ago. None of the calls were answered or returned.

“Somebody don’t tell the truth, I don’t trust them very far,” Holder said. “And that’s what this boils down to.”

On the TeePee Drive-In’s Facebook page Thursday, Glen/Brannan said all of the proper paperwork for a lease had been filled out, and that work on the theater would continue next week. FOX23 stopped by the Creek County records department to see the lease agreement, but found no records mentioning Glen/Brannan or any lease agreements on the property.

Creek County District Attorney Max Cook told FOX23 that no formal investigation into Russell Glen/Brannan had been launched. But he did say that he was informally looking into the situation.

Holder and other volunteers have kept detailed records of everyone who has donated time, money or materials to the effort. He said if Brannan’s plans fall apart he will return everything that was donated.

peacheyeball on June 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm

This address tracks better using Google Earth: 13166 West Ozark Trail, Sapulpa, OK 74066

Kenmore on June 2, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Peacheyeball is correct, 13166 West Ozark Trail, Sapulpa, OK is far better for Google. http://tinyurl.com/zgf63bu

I went by their last weekend. The real issue may be the bridge that leads to the land. It’s old, creaky, has a 4 ton limit, single lane, and no vehicle over 7' 2" can cross lest the top gets removed.

Countryarbor on September 19, 2018 at 9:11 am

The only thing salvage from this place is the screen. If they want to sell it give me a call 918-534-6957

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