The Winchester Drive-In
6930 South Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 631-8851

In February 2004, I learned that I would be taking a business trip to Enid, Oklahoma.

Traveling across the wilds of Oklahoma, I knew that I'd be looking for two things -- both of them legal.

The first target of my safari was the elusive Sinclair dinosaur. This quarry proved extremely easy to locate. We found one grazing in front of a Sinclair station by the side of the road. I won't identify the location of the gas station so as to protect the habit of this endangered creature.


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As you would expect, the search for drive-in theaters remains one of my top priorities. Even more exciting than the discovery of the Sinclair dinosaur was my visit to the Winchester Drive-In in Oklahoma City. This drive-in proves yet again that every drive-in theater is unique!

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The Winchester Drive-In has the most impressive marquee that I've ever seen. Note the heavy use of the Western theme so common to businesses in Oklahoma City.

The marquee is extremely large and easily visible from several blocks in either direction on Western Avenue. You can get an idea of the true size of this sign by comparing it to the white truck and the green car moving behind it. Those two vehicles are actually on the road leading back to the drive-in.

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The green car in this picture is yet another of those strange coincidences that are so common in my life. How so? I drive a green '99 Ford Escort. What are the odds that the moment I would arrive to explore the mysteries of the Winchester that a small green car, not too different from mine, would be exiting the property? But wait! What are the odds that such a car would be driving by just in time to be photographed for these pages? Think about!


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The marquee makes extensive use of neon to attract the eye to the essential design elements of the sign.


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In this close-up view of the top of the marquee, you can clearly see that this is an animated sign! A giant waving neon cowboy is sure to attract the attention of potential patrons driving past the theater!


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Turning to the left, we can see the screen in the distance. Like most single screen theaters, the back of the screen faces to the west.


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Traveling down the lane towards the theater, we discovered something odd. The street continues right up to the edge of the theater's fence! The street doesn't just end. It is curbed off at the same angle as the fence.

Could this have been the original entrance into the theater? If not, did this street continue on across the theater property prior to the construction of the Winchester?


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Looking left, we see the Winchester ticket booth. This is a rather odd layout. Patrons must turn left from the lane to reach the ticket booth and then immediately turn right to enter the lot.

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