Sunset Drive-In

3451 Old Shawnee Road,
Muskogee, OK 74403

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Sunset Drive-In

The Sunset Drive-In was located on Highway 62 East. It was opened by 1957 1960 and closed in 1983 and never reopened. The screen tower and concession stand were left to rot. I was at this location in 2000 and there was very little left of the screen and concession. The box office was torn down and the marquee was gone.

The drive in showed B-grade first run films in the 1970’s with titles such as “Great Texas Dynamite Chase”, “Piranha”, and “The Van”. In the winter months, the drive-in stayed open showing X-rated films. The drive in would show mainstream films but only as second-run.

Contributed by Timothy Ervin

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AndriaBranson59 on June 14, 2011 at 1:36 am

The original owners were my grandparents, Otis and Thelma Branson. Back then, it was very family oriented and a wonderful place to go.

Seanturley87 on July 20, 2017 at 4:21 am

Who owns the property now if you don’t mind me asking

Kenmore on July 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm

As of 2012, the screen is still up. However, it is in such poor condition that it will have to be rebuilt. Otherwise, the concession stand/projection booth and marquee are gone, so it is basically an empty field.

The property is in a decent location. Across from the high school with the entrance and exit on the auxiliary or feeder road which is adjacent to the main highway. However, it will take a major investment to bring it back.

Seanturley87 on July 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm

yes i know where its located i would like to know who owns the property thats all im trying to find out

Kenmore on February 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm

If you go to Google Maps and do a street view of the property, you can see the “For Sale” sign and phone number to call assuming you are still interested.

jwmovies on February 27, 2019 at 6:34 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 3451 Old Shawnee Rd, Muskogee, OK 74403. This points directly to the entrance road. The address above is incorrect. Ramps are still visible.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on April 4, 2019 at 10:22 am

Abandoned Oklahoma has a series of 2011 photos showing what’s left of the place, including “literally thousands of football helmets”.

MichaelKilgore on August 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The Feb. 22, 1960 BoxOffice reported: “A terrific wind and sandstorm Tuesday (9) damaged several Video circuit drive-ins. … The Sunset, owned by O. A. Branson, at Muskogee also was damaged.”

Later on the same page, it mentioned that two of the visitors at Oklahoma City’s Filmrow were “Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Branson, Sunset at Muskogee, whose screen tower was blown down before they had a chance to reopen”.

50sSNIPES on August 7, 2020 at 6:45 pm

The Sunset Drive-In Was Still In Operation In 1960, Even As Early As 1957. During Its Early Years, It Survived A Robbery And A Sandstorm.

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