Advertised as the oldest drive in theater in Oklahoma City, the Winchester Drive In came to life on July 3, 1968. Ferris Shanbour owned and ran the Winchester (along with sixty other screens in the area!) until his passing in the 1980s.
After his death, the Winchester was sold but soon found its way back to the Shanbour family. It is currently run by Ferris’ brother, Lindy Shanbour who has also been in the theater business for over forty years.
After closing for a short time for remodeling in 1994, the Winchester was soon back in business. The Winchester Drive In has a capacity for 400 cars and is the only drive in theater I have encountered so far that shows a TRIPLE feature on the weekend. Audio is available through your AM or FM stereo, but there are also radios available for rent should you find yourself without a car stereo. Open seasonally from April through October, the Winchester has been a family tradition for many for almost 43 years.
Admission for your double (triple on the weekend) feature is only $6 for adults 11 and up, $3 for children age 3 to 10, and free for children 2 and under. As with most drive in theaters, the Winchester makes most of its revenue from the snack bar so don’t forget to stop by for a pizza, chicken tenders basket, nachos, and a T-shirt!
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