Airline Drive-in

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City/Town: Ponca City
Location Class: Theater
Year Built: N/A
Year Abandoned: 2007
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: David LindeJohnny Fletcher

The Airline is located in North Central Oklahoma not far from the Oklahoma/Kansas border. It got its name from its proximity to the Ponca City Municipal Airport. The Airline had a capacity for 500 cars and screens double bills. It was open on weekends during the spring and fall and on seven nights during the peak summer season.

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Alan Keller
Alan Keller
6 years ago

It will be open Aug 14-17th 2014 nightly @ 9pm before it is torn down, you will not ever have another chance to say you attended the last movie played if your a no "show". See you there!!!

Brenny C.
Brenny C.
8 years ago

My husband of 43 years and I had our first date at this drive-in theater in 1968! I don't remember what movie we saw (or did not see, lol!). Also came here on high school dates during the earlier 1960's, driving from Blackwell to Ponca City for a big night on the town. I'm sorry to see it has fallen into such sad shape and sits abandoned now.

Shaun Fitzpatrick
Shaun Fitzpatrick
8 years ago

I drive by this place on the way to work every day. It has only been closed less than 5 years at most. Last time I was there was in 2007. They were showing the cartoon "Over the Hedge".

Roberta
Roberta
9 years ago

I saw several movies at that theatre. My best friend lived on Olympia and we could see the screen from her house. Whenever i spent the night there we would watch the movies from her yard…and we always heard the movie from the speakers at the concession stand…GREAT TIMES those were. Just GREAT TIMES…

WildBillTX
WildBillTX
9 years ago

I remember going to this drive-in back in the early 80's when I was attending NOC in Tonkawa. By then it was playing mostly horror flicks and some "soft core" porn movies.. Sad to see it go to hell like that.

Rachel
Rachel
10 years ago

I remember going to the drive in in the 90's. There used to be a swing set also. At times you would be watching a movie and hear the airplanes getting ready to land at the airport just a little ways from the drive-in. Oh the memories!!!

Joe Morgan
10 years ago

Does anyone remember the Airline drive in at 29th and S.Meridan in OKC?

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Joe Morgan
9 years ago

Yes! I grew up in that area and went to Columbus elementary. My family saw many movies at the Airline back in the late 60's. Unfortunately, the Airline closed for good in 1972. . . .

Nik
Nik
10 years ago

Where those film canisters empty? wow a fun place to discover!!

DW Taylor
DW Taylor
10 years ago

I saw many movies at this drive in in the early seventies. I remember the snack bar and watching movies from the back seat, trying to make out what was said on the speakers… Good memories.

Billy!
Billy!
10 years ago

Dude this awesome. I love old drive-in's and theatres!

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