Admiral Twin Drive-in to reopen March 1
BY MICHAEL SMITH World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 07, 2013
The Admiral Twin Drive-in will open for business March 1 for the 2013 season, following up last year’s grand reopening of the venerable Tulsa moviegoing institution.
The drive-in was rebuilt after a 2010 fire destroyed the nine-story, all-wood screen tower, and when it reopened last June, cars waited in line for hours as Tulsans hoped to be among the first to return to the 62-year-old icon.
Fans kept coming until Dec. 1, when the drive-in closed for the winter.
Drive-in co-owner Blake Smith is preparing for what should be the longest season in decades, perhaps as long as nine months if the drive-in is open from March until December. In past years, the drive-in opened in late March and closed by Labor Day.
“Last year was just fabulous, from the beginning to the end,” he said. “You never get tired of hearing ‘We’re glad you’re back’ and all the compliments.”
The drive-in, located at 7355 E. Easton St., will open Friday and Saturday nights beginning with the action-adventure movie “Jack the Giant Slayer” among the first weekend’s films and “Oz: The Great and Powerful” on March 8.
Sunday night showtimes could be added to the schedule by May, and weeknights added on this summer. The Admiral Twin will open showing 35mm movies, but it should be converted to digital projection by May.
“I’m expecting another good year, and we’re planning some more things beyond movies, like car shows and swap meets during the day this year,” he said. “It’s a great property out there for those kinds of things, and we have to pay for the property whether we’re out there or not.”
Smith said prices for concessions and admission remain the same this year: $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-11, and free for ages 2 and younger.
A couple sits on the roof of their pick-up truck and watch the previews before "The Amazing Spiderman" at the Admiral Twin Drive-In Theater in Tulsa last year. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World File