The Admiral Twin, Tulsa’s iconic drive-in, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by showing a filmed-in-Tulsa movie.
“The Outsiders,” a 1983 film based on a young adult novel by Tulsa author S.E. Hinton, will be shown May 21-May 23. The drive-in theater scenes in “The Outsiders” were shot at the Admiral Twin. Tickets are $10 per person.
A news release said one-of-a-kind T-shirts and souvenir cups will be given to the first 250 cars through the box office Friday, May 21. The cup can be used for $1 refills in the future. “No matter what year, it will always be $1 refills,” said the news release.
A Bon Jovi concert event will be shown on one screen Saturday, May 22. Admission is $89 per vehicle with a six-person limit. Last chance tickets, if available, will be $68.
Originally a single-screen theater named the Modernaire, the drive-in was christened May 24, 1951, with a live performance by Johnnie Lee Wills’ band, a Donald Duck cartoon and the film “Oh! Susannah.” The Admiral Twin wasn’t Tulsa’s first drive-in theater, but it became Oklahoma’s first dual-screen drive-in theater when a second screen was added and the name was changed in 1955.
The Tulsa area once was blessed with many drive-ins, but the Admiral Twin is the sole survivor. A rebuild took place after the screens burned to the ground in a 2010 fire. A new screen tower, concession stand/kitchen and bathrooms were built where the old wooden structure stood.
Beginning May 28, the Admiral Twin will be open seven days a week through the summer. The Admiral Twin is located at 7355 E. Easton. For more information, go to admiraltwindrivein.com
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