Lakeaire Drive-In and Lakeside Golf Course

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City/Town: Bethany
Location Class: Theater
Year Built: 1950
Year Abandoned: 1967
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

In 1950, the Lakeside Golf Course just east of Lake Overholser, changed from golf course, to drive-in theater. Built and operated by R.E. and C.B. McFarland, Lakeaire  had a 600 car lot, a 60 foot screen, and a top-of-the-line projection system.
The brothers also owned the Coronado Theater in Warr Acres, which was the first home to the towns city hall.

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Disney Cartoon
4 years ago

Wow its very nice

kitty
kitty
6 years ago

When I go to route 66 park, right before I go on the bridge, I can look back and see it

Snaps Magee
Snaps Magee
6 years ago

Any explanation for why the words 'Bag Lady' are stencile over the door?

trackback
6 years ago

[…] Ah, here is info on the driving range / theather on Abandoned Oklahoma. Seems it was a golf course before being a drive-in… Lakeaire Drive-In | Abandoned Oklahoma […]

rezman
rezman
7 years ago

I grew up in War Acres and remember this place well. After it closed as a theater, it had a go cart track at the west end of the property, then it was home to a driving range, and I think a small church went in there for a short time, and also it was someones residence for a while as well.

rezman
rezman
7 years ago

I grew up in War Acres and remember this place well. After it closed as a theater, it had a go cart track at the west end of the property, then it was home to a driving range, and I think a small church went in there for a short time, and also it was someones residence for a while as well. I remember the Coronado theater as well. The first place I saw " It's a Mad Mad Mad World" and "Vanishing Point". Anyone remember the Coronado Shopping Center that was behind the theater? There was a radio station… Read more »

Lee
Lee
7 years ago

Anyone have pictures of the Coronado theater and or shopping mall? Also looking for Twilight beach and Twilight Gardens Drive-in.

steve campbell
steve campbell
Reply to  Lee
7 years ago

I have pictures of Twilight Gardens when it was first laid out. My father was the man that landscaped and laid out the water/plants/lights when it opened. He did such a great job on it, his next project was the very large Southwestern Bell plan on Reno between Rockwell and Council.

I am trying to put together a history of the Coronado…any help would be apreciated.

larry
larry
Reply to  steve campbell
7 years ago

The Drive-In at 10th and Overholser Dr. was called the Circle Drive-In. The one on Rt.66, just west of Council Rd. was called the Lake-Air Drive-In (not Lakeside). I worked at the Lake-Air in the early 60's. Lots of good memories.

mike
mike
8 years ago

Yes to the man who said there was a drive-in on the south side of Lake Overholser, about 10th and Lakeside Drive, east of the 10th Street bridge on the hill on the north. This, I believe, was also the location of Jesse Chisholm's store. It blew away in a tornado sometime in the 1920s, from what I think I remember. I think this one was called Lakeside Drive-In. i'll ask my brother. I went to the Coronado too. I got kicked out several times in one night, and we went there Sat. mornings, and when I got older, every… Read more »

Jeanna
Jeanna
8 years ago

After it was closed as a drive-in, it was turned into a go-cart track. I know…..I went to both! I grew up in Warr Acres.

Shirley
Shirley
8 years ago

It is posted No Trespassing and is gated with a padlock. I took pictures in February, through the fence. This was the first movie I ever went to. I was 17 years old, with my boyfriend, whom I married. A couple from my church were caretakers in the 1950's and lived on the property. There is a house east of the building up the drive, barely visible on the east side of the drive. The poplar trees on the west were the backdrop for the screen. The site is at Rt. 66 & Canal Rd, across from the old Rt.… Read more »

Kim
Kim
9 years ago

Is this in gang territory at all? Would it be ideal for a photoshoot or not?

Pam
Pam
Reply to  Kim
8 years ago

This is right on the north side of 39th Expressway, West of Council Road. It is not even close to "gang territoty". It is a safe area, and I think it would be a great place to shoot pics.

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

I've always wanted to go to a drive thru, but most of them went out before I was born. I've only seen one once, it was an abondoned screen and a parking lot. The rest of it looked like it was destoryed. It was somewhere in Alabama. I haven't seen any here in OK.

chris
chris
Reply to  Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

the winchester drive in is still opperational…. not sure where its at exactly

Krystal
Krystal
Reply to  chris
8 years ago

Sw 70th and Western Ave.

kboof1992
kboof1992
Reply to  Krystal
5 years ago

admiral twin in Tulsa is alive and well.

Diane Jacobson
Diane Jacobson
9 years ago

Trying to find Pictures of the Coronado Theater. I went there when I was a child and then went there when I was in Jr High School. The Theater burnt down and was looking for pictures of the theater in the 50's and 60's

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Diane Jacobson
7 years ago

I remember going to the Coronado in about 63. Think Elizabeth Taylor was starring in Cleopatra. Seems it had a balcony and stairs.

guest
guest
9 years ago

been doing some memory lane surfing , found this
http://www.drive-ins.com/gallery/oktlake

guest
guest
9 years ago

as i remember there was another drive-in at the south end of overhosler lake

Lynly
Lynly
11 years ago

Wow, I grew up near this place and have always wanted to check it out. So glad to see someone has explored it! Thank you!

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

The new interior pictures are great as always. Thanks!

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Were you not able to get into the building? There must have been some interesting things inside there.

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Dan
11 years ago

hey dan, this is on a list of things to do. There is a fence halfway in and I never crossed the property line. I like to research places before going in to have an idea of dangers and also to be aware of the ownership. The pictures were taken while out scouting locations and we haven't made a trip back yet.

Robert
Robert
11 years ago

Prior to being a driving range, it was the Lakeside Drive-In.

AbandonedOK Team
AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  Robert
11 years ago

Thats what we thought, but I couldn’t find any information on the location. on the back side of the building, you can see the projector windows on the top floor. I’ll see if I can dig up anything on the drive in.

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