Westside Drive-In

2301 W. Choctaw Street,
Tahlequah, OK 74464

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Westside Drive-In

Amazing that a town as small as Tahlequah could support two drive-in theatres. The Westside Drive-In was one, and Tahlequah Drive-In was the other.

The following comes courtesy of roadsideoklahoma,
Notes: "Though the actual opening and closing dates are yet unknown, this theater was present on topographic maps as of 1974 and was still visible from aerial photos as of 1995."

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jwmovies on January 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2301 West Choctaw Street, Concession still up.

Kenmore on June 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Google shows the ramps and what is left of the concession stand. I remember the screen was up for quite a while after it closed, but it either was tore down or fell down and was cleared away.

Kenmore on June 13, 2013 at 12:03 am


Kenmore on July 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Aside from the screen being taken down sometime in the 1990s, the property has remained virtually the same. The concession stand/projector booth remains intact.

However, a new access road will have to be constructed if someone wants to invest in the drive-in.

MichaelKilgore on October 13, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Boxoffice, Sept. 16, 1974: “The new owners of the Westside Drive-In at Tahlequah are M. D. and Doris Gourley. Jim O'Donnell of Theatre Booking Service will continue to do booking and buying for the Tahlequah airer.”

Kenmore on December 18, 2021 at 8:15 pm

The reason why such a small town as Tahlequah could support two drive ins for decades was a simple one. Northeastern State University is located in Tahlequah. And with only the Dream Theater (a single screen indoor theater) as competition, the drive ins could stay open.

The Westside closed first. But it was the addition of a six screen indoor theater that spelled doom for the Tahlequah drive in once its screen was damaged during a storm. When the screen fell a year or two later, the owner didn’t bother to do the repairs and the drive in closed.

Kenmore on May 8, 2022 at 11:35 pm

A 1971 aerial shows the entrance road to the drive-in was on S Bryant Road, not W. Choctaw Street. There never was any direct access to W Choctaw Street which is also HWY 51.

However, since Google Maps cannot pinpoint the exact location of where the entrance intersected the road, I’m not going to suggest an address change.

Today, there is not trace of the entrance road or the ticket booth that was present in the 1971 aerial. But the general outline of the drive-in, traces of ramps, and the concession stand/projector booth are still standing.

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