Admiral Twin Hopes to Rebuild

On Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, the Admiral Twin Drive-In suffered a devastating fire to its movie screen structure. The loss to the tower was complete. Today the charred remains of the tower have already been removed and there is little evidence of where this once proud icon of the Tulsa skyline stood for over 59 years. Fortunately, there were no injuries from this dramatic and destructive event.

As partners of this complex since 2000, Blake Smith (whose family had owned it since 1987) and Steve Peace found it nearly impossible to think of rebuilding this uninsured structure. But before the smoke had been extinguished, Tulsans began the plea to save this roadside icon of Route 66 and Tulsa’s nostalgic past. The outcry became so strong so quick, it seemed as if the decision was taken out of their hands. A realization of the deep emotions people have about the venue that has given them childhood memories with family as well as many courtship remembrances took control. Devastation turned to imagination with the fuel of overwhelming support.

A Facebook page titled “Save The Admiral Twin Drive-In” was established that is now over 25,000 friends and steadily growing. People are posting their memories and their encouragement.

A website is being built to handle donations, in the meantime, other ways to donate directly to the Save the Admiral Twin Drive-In fund include mailing them to Admiral Twin Drive-In at Security Bank PO 471316 Tulsa, OK 74147 or online at

Updated 09-22-2010

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