11th Street Drive-In

9897 E. 11th Street,
Tulsa, OK 74128

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Previously operated by: Griffith Amusement Company, Martin Theatres, Video Independent Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Hi-Way 66 Drive-In

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Hi-Way 66 Drive-In, Tulsa, OK. 1946 Ad

Opened as the Hi-Way 66 Drive-In on August 21, 1947 with Dana Andrews in “Canyon Passage”. It was owned by Griffith Theatres. It later became part of the Video Independent Theaters Inc. The theatre was later renamed the 11th Street Drive-In in March 1964 and was twinned on March 25, 1977. Last operated by Martin Theatres, it was in operation until June 1983.

The theatre has been demolished and a church stands on the site of the former drive-in.

Contributed by Chuck

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

whorton on October 30, 2016 at 10:53 pm

With Deference to seymourcox The picture you link is of the Airview Drive-in in Tulsa, not the 66/11th Street DI.

There are two links to Rick Cohens aerial identification picture.

Kenmore on October 31, 2016 at 5:53 am

A somewhat more accurate address (at least for Google) is 9727 Route 66, Tulsa, OK. This marks the entrance to the property itself, not the intersection of which the drive-in was never located nor is next to like the storage company.

Today, God’s Shining Light Church sits on part of the property, but there is no trace of the drive-in remaining having been completely demolished shortly after it was closed. http://tinyurl.com/zwm4wlq

davidcoppock on December 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

This might be the same drive-in (called 66 Drive-in) shown on page 135 of the book Legendary Route 66?

Kenmore on December 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

There is a “66 Drive-In” in Carthage, Missouri. Before it became the “11th Street Drive-In”, it was known as the “Hi-Way 66” in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

jwmovies on February 20, 2019 at 3:54 am

You can no longer use Route 66. This is now 9727 11th St. Tulsa OK 74128.

Please update.

Kenmore on February 20, 2019 at 5:14 am

A more accurate address is 9897 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74128. This points directly to the church which now sits in the middle of what used to be the drive-in.

For the record, Google Maps still use Route 66, so it is not outdated. Although most Tulsans (like me) refer to the road as 11th street.

MichaelKilgore on May 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

The 1967 photo at HistoricAerials.com shows the Hi-Way 66 already twinned.

rivest266 on December 5, 2022 at 10:08 pm

Two screens on March 25th, 1977. Grand opening ad posted. The aerial photo is misdated.

Kenmore on July 8, 2023 at 6:03 am

The 1967 aerial photo is not misdated. It clearly shows Tulsa as it was in 1967 which includes a twinned 11th Street Drive-In.

First, a 1968 Topo map shows the drive-in twinned. Now, topo maps can be terribly out of date, but they don’t add things that are not there.

The same 1967 aerial photo shows the Skyview Drive-In open and operational when it was closed in 1970 and demolished shortly afterwards.

HWY 75 North, which construction began by 1969 and was completed by 1977 doesn’t exist. Eastland Mall, which was almost completed by the mid-1970s doesn’t exist in the photo either.

I can go on, but the aerial photo is accurate. The ad is wrong.

Kenmore on August 3, 2023 at 4:29 pm

Despite being under a few feet of dirt and grass, parch marks from the ramps of the second screen are visible on the north end of the property in this Google overhead view.


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