Riviera Drive-In

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Year Built: 1975 | Year Abandoned: 1999
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Billy Dixon

The Riviera Drive-In was once one of south Oklahoma City”s flourishing theaters boasting  a 700 car capacity.

The Riviera Drive-In closed in 1999 after thunderstorm in which the screen was blown down. The fallen screen, ticket booth, speaker poles, projection booth, concession stand, and marquee all remained vacant and seemingly forgotten for years. All that currently remains are the concession stand and projection building.

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SES
SES
3 years ago

The date built is wrong "1975; I went there with my parents in the late 60's and it was far from new then.

Bownse
Bownse
Reply to  SES
11 months ago

I was going to point out that I went with friends there all the time in 72 – 74 (HS and before the Army). I know we went there before I could drive too.

Dusk-to-Dawn movies. It’s where we saw the theatrical release of “Godzilla vs The Smog Monster” (1971) with Count Gregor making an appearance.

Last edited 11 months ago by Bownse
Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  SES
3 months ago

The Riveria opened in August of 1967.

Hank Grill
Hank Grill
9 years ago

Looks like someone forgot to pick up their nude mags.

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Hank Grill
3 months ago

Keith Sanders. . .

Hector E Hernandez
Hector E Hernandez
1 year ago

Anyone know what happened to the equipment that was there?. The speakers?

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Hector E Hernandez
3 months ago

It is anyone’ guess. I suspect the tweekers took them and sold them for aluminum. . .which is stupid as the speakers would have sold for about $20 to $25 each. . . They probably got .50cents a speaker as scrap.

Wendy
Wendy
4 years ago

This has now been totall demolished.

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

The last remaining bits of this drive-in were unfortunately demolished about 2 to 3 weeks ago. All that is left now is the concrete pad. I know the current owners have wanted to sell this entire parcel of land for years.

trackback
8 years ago

[…] number of drive-ins throughout the state. But it was that temperamental weather that forced the Riviera Drive-In to shut down in 1999, after winds knocked the screen […]

Wesley
Wesley

Actually, that was only part of it. The screen was made of pipe and no one welded caps on the top. After 30 plus years, they rusted through and the wind just pushed it over. Once George Caporal died, the family had no interest in running it any more. .and they just abandoned it. . Tweekers got in and did the damage you see here.

trackback
8 years ago

[…] number of drive-ins throughout the state. But it was that temperamental weather that forced the Riviera Drive-In to shut down in 1999, after winds knocked the screen […]

Dez_of_TWP
8 years ago

If this was the one across from Warehouse Market Grocery then it has been torn down.

ShadowWolfCorey
ShadowWolfCorey
Reply to  Dez_of_TWP
8 years ago

Actually, the place is still there. Only the screen was taken down. The building still remains.

sammie
sammie
Reply to  ShadowWolfCorey
8 years ago

no .. the place is torn down now..sadly

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  ShadowWolfCorey
3 months ago

Not as of 2018 even

Leslie
Leslie
Reply to  Dez_of_TWP
6 years ago

Yes it is no longer there

steven
steven
9 years ago

that's what the red and white striped counters were all about. Kentucky Fried. We would stop in and get a bucket before entering the drive-in.

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  steven
3 months ago

No. originally there was a plan to attach a walk in theatre to the same concession stand. It was never built, and the colorful, but never used concession stand you saw on the front was NEVER USED.

steven
steven
9 years ago

when i was a kid the front (street side) was a Kentucky Fried Chicken. It (the chicken place) is now just down the street.

Lady Lelouch
Lady Lelouch
9 years ago

$1.50 for popcorn is dirt cheap compared to today.

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Lady Lelouch
3 months ago

That was from about ’85 or so.

Lawerence Tidwell
10 years ago

I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives useful information “`

Wesley
Wesley
10 years ago

BTW, The Riveria was built and opened in 1967 Not 1975. . .

A lot of memories here. . . glad you documented the ugly end.

Henry Kissenger
Henry Kissenger
Reply to  Wesley
4 years ago

You're an asshole

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Henry Kissenger
3 months ago

Up yours. . I worked there as a projectionist in ’85 and ’86. I knew and worked for George Caporal. . .

Wesley H.
Wesley H.
10 years ago

I showed many a movie here back in 1985 and 86. After George Caproal died, his son, Sam never had much interest in keeping the place alive. After the Screen blew down in a storm (the theater had been closed for a few years then) , Its end was a forgone conclusion. . .

Gabriel Miller
Gabriel Miller
Reply to  Wesley H.
10 years ago

do you know how to get in touch with the owners of this location? I'm interested in shooting a video there.

Wesley
Wesley
Reply to  Gabriel Miller
9 years ago

Gabriel,
The current owner would be attorney Sam Caporal. I believe this is his address:

426 NW 9th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 236-0163

Shirley
Shirley
10 years ago

Your right rick, I went there when I was a kid in the early 60's. I'm not sure when it was built but it was before '75. Had alot of good times at this drive-in, can remember alot of good movies watched there. Thanks for the memories Abandoned, I love good history!!!B)

rick murphey
rick murphey
10 years ago

The Riviera Drive-In was built before 1975. I used to go there in the late 60's early 70's.

Danielle
10 years ago

I like the old popcorn containers, and the Dr Pepper sign. Vintage!

Dave
Dave
10 years ago

Interesting. According to the sign in photo 50, you can order a "butt red barrel". Sounds delicious.

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
10 years ago

Great Job Billy! I like those shots of the soda pop syrup!

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