Tee Pee Drive-In theater in Sapulpa to hold its soft reopening in early April

The rejuvenated Tee Pee Drive-In theater on the west side of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, will hold a soft reopening in early April, with a full reopening by mid-April.

The Sapulpa Herald, citing sources close to the company that owns the once-moribund venue, got the scoop on the theater, which would have its first season in almost a quarter-century.

The Route 66 attraction features a fully-renovated digital projection system, revamped parking grounds, a playground, concessions, rentable vintage traveling trailers, and even promises to be dog-friendly.

The news comes on the heels of the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of Ozark Drive, a new stretch of road extending Taft Avenue to Ozark Trail, part of the original Route 66.

The Tee Pee screened its first movies in decades during the Halloween holiday last year.

If you want to keep tabs on future events at the Tee Pee, just follow its Facebook page.

The Tee Pee last month showed some before-and-after pictures of the venue:

The Kante Group, which owns several other historic buildings in Sapulpa, purchased the Tee Pee property in 2021 and began renovations in earnest. That included a newly created and elaborate neon sign, seen above.

The Tee Pee Drive-In was built in 1950. The last movie shown there before it previously closed was in 1999 or 2000.

The theater’s location is 1705 W. Highway 66, the old Ozark Trail alignment of Route 66. That semi-rural stretch served as the Mother Road from 1926 to 1952 and includes the 1925 Rock Creek Bridge as a landmark.

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