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Admiral Twin 70th anniversary bash includes showings of 'The Outsiders'
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Admiral Twin 70th anniversary bash includes showings of 'The Outsiders'

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The Admiral Twin Drive-In, 7355 E. Easton St., is celebrating its 70th anniversary. “The Outsiders” will be shown Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23.

Plenty of exciting things at the Admiral Twin, plus a little history of drive-ins in Tulsa, the Tulsa Race Massacre and National Brothers Day. 

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

Sights from the new restaurant Tacos x Mezcal, 39 E. 18th St.

 

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I cover pop culture and work as a feature writer at the Tulsa World. A former Oklahoma sports writer of the year, I have written books about former OU coach Barry Switzer and former OSU coach Pat Jones. Phone: 918-581-8389

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