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, 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.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 2, 2019 at 5:27 am

The May 20, 1950 issue of BoxOffice reported that Video Theatres “and partner James Zarataludes” had opened the Teepee on May 5.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on June 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm

I would love to not only see the drive-in restored but the historic Route 66 bridge leading to it restored as well.

Kenmore
Kenmore on June 3, 2019 at 11:15 pm

Unless the bridge is restored, I’m not seeing why anyone would reopen the drive-in.

One possible solution which would be far less expensive compared to fixing the bridge, although it may be harder to accomplish, is creating a public access road on the west side of the VFW parking lot. It bypasses the bridge and allows direct access to the road leading to the drive-in.

Whatever solution is chosen, it’s going to take a long time to accomplish. Which means that the fate of the drive-in will still be in limbo.

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on June 4, 2019 at 1:05 am

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
KenLayton on June 4, 2019 at 4:05 am

It would be nice to see this theater open again.

Kenmore
Kenmore on June 4, 2019 at 4:51 am

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
MichaelKilgore on July 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

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
Kenmore on July 1, 2019 at 11:39 pm

Fixing the bridge will take considerably more.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 29, 2019 at 8:51 pm

“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
MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm

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.

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