Tee Pee Drive-In

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City/Town: Sapulpa
Location Class: Theater
Year Built: 1950
Year Abandoned: 2000
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: David Linde

Located along historic Route 66, The Teepee Drive-In was built on the outskirts of Tulsa in 1950 with a capacity of 400 cars. Over its 50 years it has passed through numerous owners. The current owner tried to make a go of it in 1998 and 1999 but didn’t succeed. It did not re-open for the 2000 season. The current owner is looking for a person to take over the operations and re-open the drive-in. For Sale is the only thing on the marquee today.

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Bridget Berlin
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Bridget Berlin

I used to live down the road toward the lake. I went there a lot; I miss drive in movies. It was just fun!

Tamara
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Tamara

When a friend work at concession stand I would help out with running the movies. This was in the late 70's.Sapulpa/ Kellyville is where I spent a good part of my life in my younger years. Last move I saw was pretty women at the drive in. Use to know all the back roads in between Sapulpa and Kellyville. The cry baby bridge was on the back way to Kellyville.

Autonomy
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Autonomy

I flew my drone over it not too long ago.
https://youtu.be/eoOr5h1S45Y

Sue Bradley Day
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Sue Bradley Day

My brother, Stephen Bradley ran the films and I worked the concession stand in the late 60's. The owners of both the Tee Pee Drive In and the Criterion Theatre were the Zartaludes. A lot of fun times and good memories.

Milla Brinsmead
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Sue i am glad to know about your old days memories. I am doing a research on film making and want to know the major differences from 60's till now? I have done my work till 90's to 2015 but could not get some kind of valuable information about the previous years like from 60's to 90's. Any kind of help would be appreciated here.

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Milla Brinsmead
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dave
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dave

sloe gin and coke, tee pee favorite

Sarah
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Great pics! I have an obsession with abandoned places and love shooting at them too when I have the chance. Did a "trash the dress" for one of our brides at this drive-in a few years ago.

James
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James

Anyone know how I can get a hold of the owner would love to buy this and bring it back to life!!!

Cindee
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Cindee

Call the county assessors office. They could probably tell u who owns it and might give u contact info.

rebeccagrace
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rebeccagrace

I grew up in Sapulpa and heard my aunt and mom reminiscing about the tee-pee just the other day. They said they used to go there back in it's heyday, in the 60's.

Mathew Aich
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Mathew Aich

A few quick questions if ya wouldnt mind. Does anyone know what yr the fireworks poster was printed in and also does anyone know ANY WAY to contact the owners. I have many friends in Sapulpa who are very very interested in possbily restoring the land. maybe a mow and pick up at least so that it could be bought. any information would be well appreciated

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

May 5, 1950 – Opening night.

Larry Crawford
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Larry Crawford

Just an interesting point or FYI. The road on the north side of the drive-in where the entrance is, is the
original, orginal route 66. It goes all the way out to the junction of Highway 33 and 66. The road out of sapulpa
going to bristow is the later route 66. Driving the old 66 and looking at it one can hardly imagine the trip from
chicago to calif. What a trip and a long time.

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Larry Crawford
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Larry Crawford

Great pictures. I worked the ticket office
and concession stand back in 1962-1965.Had
a ball of fun.

Blaine
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Blaine

Anyone know the number to call to buy the place?

Cindee
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Cindee

Call the county assessors office, they can probably tell u who owns it and might give u contact info.

Fiend
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Fiend

Well thanks fella's, I like that one too.

psychosaw13
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psychosaw13

Fantastic photos Fiend! I dont know why but #21 is my fave

AbandonedOK Team
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I second that Psychosaw!

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