Riverside Drive-In

1560 E. 71st Street,
Tulsa, OK 74136

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rivest266 on November 3, 2022 at 12:42 pm

The Riverside Drive-In opened on May 7th, 1948. Grand opening ad posted.

MichaelKilgore on October 6, 2021 at 4:15 pm

Tulsa World wrote a couple of years ago about the local White House Mansion, which looks nice when decked with Christmas lights and which was completed in 1985. We care about that here only because of one sentence, “Pieces from a defunct drive-in theater, the Riverside Drive-In, were used as support beams for the mansion’s ballroom floor.”

That story’s behind a paywall now, but you can still see it at the Internet Archive.

whorton on March 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Chuck, when the Riverside DI was opened in 1948, the entity was then known as “Griffith Theatres.” Griffith Theatres later became “Video Theatres.”

jwmovies on November 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1560 E 71st Street, Tulsa, OK 74136.

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Just for the record, it was not on S. Delaware, it was on the South Side of 71st street. .

whorton on July 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

To expound on xxx’s link to my material on Mike Ransom’s excellent Tulsa TV memories site:

Riverside Drive-in Theatre (ad)

Location given as between Peoria and Lewis Ave. on 71St Street

Location: N 36° 3.64'N, W 95° 58.19'

Satellite photo shows site occupied by buildings (apartments?)

Grand opening Friday, May 7, 1948

Operated By Video Theatres 30 April 1948 until 10 Nov 1977

Opening ad states “Tulsa’s Third and Nearest Drive-in Theatre”

1948-49 Theatre Catalog lists Griffith Theatre as Exec M8-C602-D7-CH3

1949-1950 Theatre Catalog lists Ralph Talbot as Exec M9-C600-D7

1955 Theatre Catalog lists Video Theatres as owner C600

1965 IMPA lists Griffith Metropolitan Theatres as owner (Video Theatres)

1965 IMPA lists capacity as 604

1979 IMPA, lists capacity as 500. Owned by Video Theatres

1984 IMPA lists Video Theatres as owner
Talbot owned downtown theatres

Wesley Horton AIDA

raybradley on August 29, 2007 at 11:42 pm

See 1950s images of this drive-in by typing word “riverside,
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xxx on March 8, 2006 at 8:40 pm

Go here for complete history of Tulsa’s Riverside Drive-In Theatre;