Admiral Twin Drive-In

7355 E. Easton Street,
Tulsa, OK 74115

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Admiral Twin Drive-In

Opened on May 24, 1951 with Rod Cameron in “Oh! Susannah” as the Modernaire Drive-In with a capacity of 700 cars. On June 19, 1952 it was renamed Admiral Drive-In. It was originally a single screen but a second screen was added in May 1955 increasing the car capacity to 1,350. In 1966 it was taken over by General Cinema.

At the time of the twinning it took on the name of the Admiral Twin Drive-In.

The west screen features pole speakers and radio while the east screen is radio sound only. The drive-in plays double bills on both screens.

The drive-in was destroyed by a fire on September 2, 2010. Funds were raised to rebuild the screens, and the Admiral Twin Drive-In re-opened on June 15, 2012.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 33 comments)

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on May 3, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Did they convert to digital this year?

SteveSwanson
SteveSwanson on May 3, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Its supposed to be installed by the end of May. Interesting note that for the opening weekend of Iron Man 3, they are showing it on both screens.

tulsaoklahoma
tulsaoklahoma on December 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

This is where one scene of The Outsiders is filmed!

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on July 27, 2017 at 8:21 am

Is it known how the fire started?

Kenmore
Kenmore on July 27, 2017 at 1:40 pm

The screen was an uninsurable, wooden tinderbox. The cause of the fire was accidental as the fire marshall ruled out arson, lightning, or electricity.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on February 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Was it only the screen that caught fire?

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 21, 2019 at 9:53 pm

If Blue bought this in 1953, then it was a couple of years before he twinned it. From the May 7, 1955 Motion Picture Herald:

The Admiral drive-in, Tulsa, will become the first drive-in in the state to operate a “double screen” effective early this month, Alex Blue, co-owner and operator announced. Blue said the theatre had duplicated its present accommodations to the rear of the existing outdoor movie screen and that the new facilities will open within the next few weeks. Capacity of the theater will be 1,350 automobiles, making it one of the largest in the southwest.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 7, 2019 at 12:19 pm

Opened on 24/5/1951 with a Donald Duck cartoon(not named) and “Oh Susanna”. Name changed to Admiral Drive-in on 19/6/1952, opening with 2 cartoons and “The battle at Apache Pass”. The drive-in was used as a location for the movie “The outsiders”.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 7, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Also opened with news.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

The next ownership change came in 1966, per this May 30 note in BoxOffice: “Recently General Cinema Corp. of Boston, Mass., purchased the Admiral Twin Drive-In in Tulsa from Alex Blue and Hank Robb”.

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