Claremore Daily Progress

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April 19, 2014

Remembering Back When...

Drive-In Moments


Today there is no sign remaining of what once was Claremore’s social meeting spot on warm nights. This was especially true on Saturdays as residents of all ages gathered at the Rogers Drive-In for a fresh-air outdoor experience.
Watching Hollywood’s leading actors on the wide open silver screen while being in the comforts of your own automobile; nothing could beat it.
Sadly today many of our younger family members and friends have never attended a drive-in movie. To them the concept of a drive-in might be the same as thinking about a dinosaur.
Like countless communities across the United States, Claremore saw its outdoor theater go up in the early 1950s. The “Grand Opening” for the Rogers Drive-In was June 16, 1950. It would remain open to entertain for the next four decades.
Located a mile and half east of town on Highway 20, the drive-in was operated by Video Theatres. Jake Bowden served as manager and operator until the day it closed. Bowden, a tall, thin, serious looking gentleman, also did the same at the mid-town Yale Theatre. The Rogers was smaller than most outdoor theaters on an overall scale, but it fitted the need for the Rogers County area. The car capacity was 264, each with speakers.
Smack in the middle of the parking lot were the concession stand, rest rooms, and projection booth.  
While there was no set order of parking arrangements, young families usually tried to find a spot in the front rows. This allowed the children to remain in view as they played in the grassy area under the screen.
As for the very back rows…well that location was claimed by the ones who didn’t really care about watching the movie.  They had other activities in mind, especially the teenage males.

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