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Trail Drive-In Theatre

Trail Drive-In Theatre

Location Class:
Built: 1950 | Abandoned: ~1984
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Darrell Powers
Trail Drive-In Theatre
Credit: Unknown

Built in 1950 around the same time that the nearby Enid Drive-In was constructed the Trail Theatre was a single screen drive-in with a 400 car capacity. The Trail Drive-In Theatre is located south of the highway and Enid Drive-In was north of the highway. Admission was fifty cents per adult and ten cents for children. In 1955, both drive-ins were operated by Video Independent Theaters Inc. with a 400 car capacity and a single screen.

In 2020, the year of Covid-19 sparked drive-in movie popularity to resurge. The long-abandoned Trail Drive-In got its own resurge after a rally of locals fought for its revival. Over $30,000 was raised to repair the derelict theatre but the goal was $250,000. No word has been given yet if the efforts are still underway to save the Trail.

Article by AOK Photojournalist Emily Cowan

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Trail Drive In Theatrephotograph1950~; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc1552417/accessed June 13, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.






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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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