I took a ride this afternoon to check on progress in the rebuilding of the Admiral Twin Drive-In on the Admiral alignment of Route 66 here in Tulsa. You may remember from earlier posts that it burned to the ground in September of 2010. I don't exactly know why I feel so emotionally attached to this place, since I've never seen a movie there, but I am. I love drive-ins, and they were a definite part of my growing up. Also, this one was the inspiration for one of my favorite books, The Flamingo Rising.
Donations were solicited last summer to rebuild, and about $30,000 were raised. However, various building code restrictions etc. caused the start of construction to be pushed back to this December. Now, I could see a concrete shell rising and lots of workers and construction vehicles on the scene. In this age of drive-in theaters disappearing left and right, it's so good to see one that is about to come back to life. Hooray, Tulsa!