New Broken Arrow Drive-In Opens With A Bang! Truck Falls Through Septic Tank
From the Broken Arrow Ledger, Aug 12, 1953
Broken Arrow's new $10,000 Drive-in Theater failed to open on schedule July 31 because a large truck, loaded with gravel fell through their septic tank and couldn't be extricated until the next day.
J. H. Rush, manager said "That wasn't the end of our troubles," he continued. "The next night a faulty connection caused several speakers to go dead and we had to refund everyone's' money. Now, however, everything is going fine and we believe we have ironed out all of the kinks and are looking forward to our formal opening soon" he said.
The theater is owned by Rush and Ken James. At present he is living in Tulsa. Mr. James is the former Francis Howard of Broken Arrow high school. They will continue to live in Tulsa where Mr. James is district sales manager for the Faultless Starch Company.
Even though it was on 71st Street, it was called the 51 because, when it opened, 71st Street was State Highway 51. They never renamed it when 51 was moved to the Broken Arrow Expressway when it opened in 1965.
The theatre closed in 1995 due to severe tornado damage in which the main screen was destroyed.