With no motorcycle at the moment and few other distractions to speak of, I decided to hit the road and try to make a sweeping roundup of Tulsa theaters. Though I have visited Tulsa many times, I have no photos of Tulsa theaters. This time I was on a mission, though. The attempt was to make it to all theaters that I had an address for and hadn't confirmed as demolished.
Last night we decided to head down to the Winchester Drive-In to catch the triple feature for this weekend: How to Train Your Dragon, Iron Man 2 and Nightmare on Elm Street. We arrived a little late and found the drive-in absolutely slammed! We ended up parking in the very back row, which was still a good viewing position thanks to the narrow lot.
After a hot morning of riding dirt bikes at the Stillwater 500 riding area, I decided to spend part of the afternoon chasing theaters in the Stillwater area. I had visited Stillwater a few weeks before, but had since uncovered some more addresses. I was mostly on the hunt for a few smaller theaters, which I knew would not be of much photographic interest, but wanted to photo-document them nonetheless. I approached from the south, so my first stops were the "Unknown Nickelodeon" and Alamo Theater on South Main. One was a hospice and the latter was Harrison's Electric. They were not very interesting...merely brick storefronts and had no remaining semblance of a theater at all. But, that's what I expected, so I snapped some photos and moved on. Next stop was the Aggie Theater. On my previous trip, I photographed the building next door thinking that it was the Aggie. I also snapped some pictures of the building next door because it looked suspiciously like a theater. Well, it turns out that the building next door was the Aggie. It has an awning that resembles a theater awning, but is not of the same shape as the original awning. The building has been broken into two independent retail spaces. One is occupied by Credit Collections, Inc. and one is vacant. Across the street on the same block was the Mecca Theater. This building is now occupied by a business called the Vault and isn't very conspicuous as a former theater building. Just a plain storefront.
A sure sign that I have been traveling waaay too much is that I didn't even notice that a drive-in theater has reopened in Guymon, Oklahoma. The Corral Drive-In Theater reopened on April 3, 2009 after approximately a year of resurrection. For years the drive-in was left to rot and slowly became the town trash heap for decaying cars and other trash. The theater has now been revitalized and shows a double feature on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sound is broadcast over FM radio. So, if you are an Oklahoma viewer, please stop in and support this re-entry into the drive-in theater family.
Okay, so it wasn't me jumping out of the plane, but it is still fun to watch and take pictures. The jump took place in Cushing, which boasts a nice skydiving facility called Skydive Oklahoma. A friend had decided to perform a tandem jump, so we made the trek to watch her plummet from the sky. I couldn't resist the opportunity to make some stops on the way, though.