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Oklahoma Drive-ins

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Charcoal Oven [gone]
Oklahoma City, OK
The Charcoal Oven, a drive-thru restaurant, opened in 1958. You could eat in your car or on the outdoor patio. The sign was built and installed in 1960. In 2016, the place closed and the sign was removed. It is in the Billboard Museum storage unit for now. For more, see this website.

Pete's Drive-in
Pryor, OK
Pete's Drive-in opened around 1955. The star-shaped sign installed on the canopy is a C-152 Lectra. It was restored in 2014. For more about these signs, see this page. [map]

Ballard's Drive-in [gone]
Pauls Valley, OK
Ballard's Drive-in was established in 1951 as a Dairy Queen. Soon thereafter, the name was changed to Ballard's Drive-in. These photos are from 2011. The business closed in 2012. The building and signs were still there in 2013. However, by 2015, the building was gone. For more, see this website.

Wayne's Drive Inn
Lawton, OK
Wayne's Drive Inn opened in 1950 and this was the third location built. In the early 1960s, this location on Sheridan Rd. was rebuilt. It changed from indoor seating to a carhop-style drive-in. This sign was built in recent years. The other locations are gone. A new Wayne's Drive Inn was built on Cache Rd. around 2005. For more, see this website. [map]

former Mac's Drive-in
Lawton, OK
Mac's Drive-in housed a used car dealership when these photos were taken in 2011. The property has been vacant since at least 2015. This sign looks remarkably similar to this former restaurant sign in Chicago. [map]

Del Rancho Drive-in
Moore, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
Clinton, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
Norman, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
2401 SW 59th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
16 SW 59th St.
Oklahoma City, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
Virginia Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
Del Rancho Drive-in
Warr Acres, OK
The Del Rancho Drive-in chain is based in Oklahoma City and has about two dozen locations in Oklahoma and northern Texas. The first location opened in Oklahoma City in 1959.

The Del Rancho Drive-in building in Moore sure looks like a former Biff-Burger. [map]

[Clinton map]; [Norman map]; [2401 SW 59th map]; [16 SW 59th map]

The Del Rancho Drive-in shown above in Oklahoma City on Virginia Ave. has been abandoned since at least 2008. It was still there and vacant in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Del Rancho Drive-in in Warr Acres was originally built as a Sonic Drive-in. It was remodeled for Del Rancho and opened in 2011. [map]

There are other locations in Tahequah, OK and Midwest City, OK. Another location in Oklahoma City, OK now houses El Pariente Hamburgers.

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