by: MICHAEL SMITH World Scene Writer
Thursday, March 03, 2011
3/3/2011 12:23:28 PM
The Admiral Twin Drive-in, a Tulsa [Oklahoma] landmark that saw its giant, all-wood screen burn to the ground six months ago, is expected to reopen this summer, one of the owners said Thursday.
Donations of more than $30,000 poured into a “Save the Admiral Twin” fund after the September blaze that razed the nine-story screen. Co-owner Blake Smith said those donations will go toward rebuilding, in addition to his own additional funding.
“I believe we have a commitment on a (Small Business Administration) loan, and refinancing of my original mortgage, but I haven’t got it signed just yet,” Smith said, “but I think I can say that we’re right to the point of rebuilding.”
The new structure would be eight stories and made out of steel, as opposed to the nine-story wood structure built in 1951. There will again be twin screens for viewing, Smith said.
“The plan is to begin rebuilding this spring, and we’d love to reopen by July 4,” Smith said, estimating that once construction on the tower begins it should be completed in 60 to 90 days.
The cost of rebuilding is about $300,000 for the screen and some new amenities at the drive-in, Smith said.