Meadow Lark Drive-In
4445 E. Harry Street,
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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Compare the Meadow Lark Drive-In’s marquee to that of Tulsa’s Modernaire Drive-In and you’ll see that they are identical. There must have been a connection in ownership between the two theatres.
The single screen Meadow Lark Drive-In was opened July 2, 1950 with Jane Wyman in “Lady Takes a Sailor” & Victor Mature in “Easy Living”. It held 1,000 cars. It was operated by Mr & Mrs T.H. Slothower and was designed by T.H. Slothower. In 1951, the Slothower’s built the 400-car capacity Meadow Lark Drive-In ‘annex’ adjacent to their original theatre, and it operated as a twin screen, with a capacity for 1,400 cars over the 20 acres of land. There was children’s playground in front of each screen. The concession building had a patio which had seating for 350 deck-chairs.
It was later taken over by Commonwealth Amusement Corp. It was closed on September 19, 1982. It was demolished in 1983 for a retirement homes development.
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