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Cinema 70 Drive-In Theatre

5501 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City OK

Demolished 1982 Outdoor Theatre
Record #16411  
 Opened: June 19, 1964
 Closed: November 1, 1981
 Demolished: 1982
Capacity: 1400 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Cinema 70mm
 Previously operated by: Spectro Theatres, US Cinema of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Cinema Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Wesley Horton.

The opening ad for the Cinema 70 noted, "The Cinema 70mm Drive-In theater brings to Oklahoma City movie goers an exciting new concept in giant screen entertainment."

And check out these features at the Cinema 70mm:

* Exclusive Premier - first run films
* Huge 1400 car, clean line vision capacity featuring quick traffic flow entrance and departure
* Giant Color bright, living screen 130 ft by 75 ft -- 1/3 larger and brighter
* Latest 70mm projection Film area twice normal size. The only drive-in the entire Midwest so equipped
* Latest and finest RCA Hi Fidelity Symphonic clear sound
* Spacious, luxurious rest rooms, all ceramic tile
* Huge double capacity concession featuring fine restaurant food and refreshments, including service to cars, and breezeway patio

The Cinema 70 Drive-in was also a casualty of urban sprawl. When the theater was built, it was outside of the developed area by several miles. It was demolished in 1982 and later the Hertz rental car data center was built on the site.

The theater opened on June 19, 1964, and the grand opening was held July 1, 1964. The opening films were "Law of the Lawless" starring Dale Robertson and "Gold for the Caesars" starring Jeffery Hunter. The first billed movie was at the grand opening, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" with a 1/2 page ad. The final showing was on Sunday, November 1, 1981, and featured "Super Fuzz", "Thirst" and "Evelyn Out of the Grave".

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Last featured 10/18/2002. Last edited 7/29/2023.

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