There was a time in Oklahoma when you could load the family into the car on a warm summer night and take them to the drive-in movie. It was always fun to go in a pick-up truck, back into the parking space, set your lawn chairs in the bed of the truck and then sit back and enjoy the movie. According to Winchester Drive-in Theater’s web site, there were 95 drive-in theaters in Oklahoma in 1954. Today, if you want to take your family to the drive-in movie, there is only one in Oklahoma City, The Winchester. There are only five drive-in theaters left in the entire state of Oklahoma.
I am not sure why drive-in theaters have slowly disappeared in Oklahoma. It could be that there are only 5 or 6 months of the year when the weather is good enough for the theater to make a profit. Although, I do remember going to drive-in movies in the middle of winter. We would bundle up, take a blanket or two and start the car every now and then to turn on the heater. Another reason could be the building of housing additions or business malls. The Winchester’s web site stated the biggest impacts hurting drive-in theaters were VCRs, cable television and the internet.
The lone remaining drive-in theater in Oklahoma City is the Winchester. It is located at 6930 S. Western. The box office opens at 7:15 pm with the movie starting around 8:00 pm. Admission for adults is $6.00 and children ages 3 – 10 is $3.00. Call 405-631-8851 for movie listings.
The next closest drive-in theater to Oklahoma City would be the Beacon Drive-in located at 2405 S. Division Street in Guthrie, Oklahoma (north of Oklahoma City). The box office opens at 7:30 pm and the movie begins at 8:25 pm. Adult admission is $7.00 and children ages 3 – 11 is $3.00. Call 405-282-4512 for movie listings.
If you go south of Oklahoma City you will find the Chief Drive-in just a little south of the city of Chickasha on Highway 81. The box off opens at 7:00 pm with the movie starting at 8:00 pm. Adult admission is $7.00 and children ages 3-11 is $5.00. Call 405-224-1515 for movie listings.
Northwest of Oklahoma City is Tulsa Oklahoma, home of the Admiral Twin Drive-in Theater. You will find this theater at 7355 E. Easton Street in Tulsa. Their box office opens at 6:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Admission for adults is $7.00 and children ages 3 – 11 is $3.00. Call 918-647-3606 for movie listings.
Last but not least. If you go east from Oklahoma City to Poteau you will find the Tower Drive-in Theater. It is located at 305 Coggins Avenue. You will need to call 918-647-3606 for box office times, movie listings and show times. Adult admission is $7.00 and child admission is $4.00.
For the most part drive-in theaters have all but disappeared in Oklahoma. If you have never been to a drive-in theater you should go at least once. Not only is the admission usually less than at a sit-down, indoor movie theater YOU GET TWO MOVIES FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. You can sit in the comfort of you automobile and tune your FM radio to the correct station and hear the movie through the speakers. Take a little road trip to one of the other drive-in theaters outside Oklahoma City and make it an adventure for your family. See ya at the drive-in.