Winchester Drive In Theater

Over the holiday weekend, my family and I visited the Winchester Drive In Theater in Oklahoma City. located at 6930 S. Western. The Winchester Drive In first opened its doors in 1968 and has been in business for 44 years now.

Here we are in line to enter the theater’s parking area.

As you can see by the box of Sonic food on our dash, patrons are allowed to bring their own food and drink into the drive-in. We always pop a couple of bags of popcorn and bring them with us when we go.

For those who don’t bring their own food and drink, there’s always the snack bar in the rear of the parking lot. Everything you remember being there is still there — the drinks, the popcorn, and giant boxes of candy are there for the taking.

There are even a few old school video and pinball games available to play in the snack bar!

There are a few windows located on the front of the snack bar. While peeking through one of them, we found the projector.

Here’s a shot from the rear of the snack bar, looking all the way up toward the screen. It’s almost showtime!

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for kids. Depending on the time of year, the theater shows either two or three movies. Although you can’t really tell in this picture, the “speaker boxes” you used to place inside your car are long gone. The theater now broadcasts the movies via FM radio (100.9, in this case) so you can listen to the movie through your car’s radio.

One summer when I was a kid my parents took my sister and I to the drive-in where, in one single night, we watched Tron, Dragonslayer, and Time Bandits. It’s a memory I hold near and dear. Even though the audio and video quality of a drive-in pales in comparison to surround sound Dolby and high-definition screens, there’s definitely something unique about drive-in theaters and I hope my kids will have fond memories of them as well.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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