Jewel Drive-In

OK-56 and N3780 Road,
Okemah, OK 74859

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Functions: Storage

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Jewel Drive-In

The Jewel Drive-In was opened on July 25, 1957 with Bob Hope in “Beau James”. Most of this theatre is long gone, but the concession stand/projection booth remains. The site is now a highway maintenance facility and the concession stand is used as storage. Car capacity was 400.

Contributed by Dice McAlester

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

raybradley on June 18, 2009 at 5:55 am

Okemah was home town to famed folk songwriter / singer Woody Guthrie –

seymourcox on June 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Nice looking drive-in.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

No only if they would fix the roof.

seymourcox on April 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

The Jewel Drive-In Theatre looked over those lovely hills that famed songwriter Woody Guthrie made famous,

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

My guess is that the Jewel sign on the drive-in marquee came from the Jewel THEATRE?

The name Okemah came from Chief Okemah.

Famed folk-singer Woody Guthrie (THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND) and father of Arlo Guthrie (RIDING ON THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS) was born in Okemah on July 14, 1912, 100 years ago.

What’s the location of the “highway maintance facility', CT could use an address, photos, both old and new, and more info.

Chief Bob Jensen
Manteno, Illinois

jwmovies on October 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in wasOklahoma 56 & N3780 Rd.

Kenmore on June 1, 2018 at 7:18 pm

jwmovies is correct, the address is Oklahoma 56 and N3780 Road, Okemah, OK.

MichaelKilgore on August 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm

Season-opener note from the April 18, 1960 issue of Boxoffice: “Bill Slepka … was busy getting his Jewel Drive-In in shape for his opening on the 15th.”

MichaelKilgore on April 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm

Okfuskee County News, March 7, 1957: “Construction will begin immediately on a 400-car capacity drive-in theater east of Okemah on U.S. highway 62 north of the airport, Bill Slepka, owner of the Jewel and Crystal theaters here, announced today … Plans call for the theater to open on Friday, May 3.”

dallasmovietheaters on January 21, 2022 at 7:10 pm

The Jewel Drive-In Theatre launched July 25, 1957 with “Beau James.” It was still operating in 1975.

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