Ship Drive-In

2708 N. 1st Avenue,
Durant, OK 74701

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Ship Drive-In

Ship Bullard acquired his theatre business from Durant’s very successful theatre entrepreneur, T. Miller Davidge and opened the Ship Drive-In on March 6, 1952 with Jane Frazee in “Rhythm Inn”. It was closed on August 4, 1985 with Chevy Chase in “Fletch” It has been demolished and housing built on the site.

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jwmovies on November 24, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2708 N 1st Ave. Some ramps are still visible.

Kenmore on May 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm

The address of 2708 N 1st Ave, Durant, OK is an accurate one (at least for Google). However, a housing edition has been built on the property so there is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

dallasmovietheaters on July 22, 2021 at 9:08 pm

The Ship Drive-In set sail on March 6, 1952 with Jane Frazee in “Rhythm Inn.” It appears to have ceased operation on December 14, 1963 with a double feature of “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “The Young and The Brave” supported by a cartoon.

dallasmovietheaters on December 9, 2022 at 7:40 am

Sorry - March 7, 1952 was the launch date

50sSNIPES on April 1, 2023 at 10:10 pm

Actually, you’re wrong. The Ship Drive-In continued sailing through into the 1980s until the Ship Drive-In ceased operations on August 4, 1985 with Chevy Chase in “Fletch”.

After the Ship Drive-In’s closure, the Plaza Theatre became the only first-run movie house in Durant and all of Bryan County until closing for the final time in January 1991.

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