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Northwest Hi-Way Drive-In Theatre

3101 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City OK

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #16425  
 Opened: July 2, 1947
 Closed: September 15, 1979
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 700 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Sullivan Independent Theatres, Barton Theatres, Gulf States Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Wesley Horton.

The drive-in theater situation began in Oklahoma City shortly after the close of World War II in 1947. Two drive-in theaters opened on the same day. They were the Odom Drive-In and the Northwest Highway Drive-in theater.

The theaters opened on July 2, 1947. The Northwest Highway Drive-In was located just off of May Ave., with a capacity of 700 cars. The first billed movie was "Beat the Band" starring Frances Langford, “also 5 unit Family variety hour, Technicolor Musical featurette, Disney cartoon, water sport, Kennedy Comedy, release date news”. Admission was adults 50 cents per person, Kiddies 10 cents.

The theater closed after the 1979 season; it did not open for 1980 season.

As of May 1981, the concession stand had been recently razed as had the tower. However, the foundation remained. The site was to later become the Oklahoma City Marriott Hotel. Today, there is no trace of the drive-in.

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Last featured 8/27/2002. Last edited 12/25/2022.

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