Admiral Twin Drive-in reopening delayed until 2012 [Tulsa, Okla.]

By MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer
Published: 8/20/2011  2:27 AM
Last Modified: 8/20/2011  8:58 AM

Two weeks ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Admiral Twin Drive-in burning to the ground, the owner of the Tulsa landmark has faced the inevitable: The drive-in will not reopen in 2011.

As a condition of new construction – the 60-year-old, nine-story wooden screen tower went down in flames last Sept. 3 – co-owner Blake Smith had to prove that the drive-in site was not located in a floodplain. Until that happened this month, he couldn’t get a building permit.

Until he got the building permit, he couldn’t order the steel for the new fire-resistant tower, and until he bought the steel, it couldn’t be fabricated for assembly of the two-sided tower.

“I don’t know when we’re opening now, but we finally got our permit, and we finally got our steel ordered, and (surveying determined that) we’re not in the floodplain,” Smith said with a sigh. “It seems ridiculous, and I don’t want to jinx things, but I have to think we’ll be having a grand opening in April of 2012.”

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