TeePee Drive-In goes up for sale again

TeePee Drive-In, Sapulpa, OK

The long-closed TeePee Drive-In on an original alignment of Route 66 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, is on the market again, according to KJRH-TV in Tulsa, after a brief ray of hope for its revival a few years ago faded.

The asking price for the property is $275,000. Here’s the video report from the station, which has some neat old footage when the drive-in was operating:

In 2012, a Florida-based operator tried a lease-purchase agreement of the property with the intent to reopen it, and a bunch of volunteers pitched in to help clean up the property. But he ditched the project after it was discovered he’d operated a series of failed or abandoned historic theaters across the country and used several aliases. Also, there were liens against the property — keeping him from managing it.

I strongly suspect the asking price for the property will have to go down. Other tracts in that area are priced much lower than what the TeePee’s owners are requesting.

The TeePee, which sits on the original Ozark Trail alignment of Route 66 west of Sapulpa, was built in 1950. The last movie was shown there in 1999 or 2000.

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