Oklahoma May 02, 2016
10 Retro Places In Oklahoma That Will Take You Back In Time
If you’re looking for a little nostalgia, we found 10 places in Oklahoma that will take you back in time. From old theaters to soda fountains, these retro places will take you on a trip down memory lane…and have fun while doing it!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Hooker Soda Fountain & Grill, Hooker
Take a trip back in time as you sip on a soda or indulge in a burger at the '50s style lunch counter. You can also enjoy the oldies but goodies style music on the vintage jukebox while looking at all the Route 66 memorabilia.
2. FlashBack RetroPub, Oklahoma City
If you're looking for those vintage video and arcade games then head to FlashBack Retro Pub in Oklahoma City. This entertainment venue and bar will take you back to the '80s where it was all about Donkey Kong and Mario Bros.
3. Liberty Theater, Carnegie
You can't get more retro than watching a movie at the oldest continually operated movie theatre in Oklahoma. Carnegie Liberty Theater opened its doors in 1915 as a live theater but is now a first-run theater. The building is not the only thing retro about Liberty Theater - standard admission ticket prices will only cost you $4.00.
4. Admiral Twin Drive-In, Tulsa
Tulsa's iconic drive-in theater has been showing movies to Oklahomans for 65 years. And although it has modern technologies, Admiral Twin Drive-In will always have its nostalgic feel of the good old days.
5. Winchester Drive-In Theater, Oklahoma City
Many memories have been made at Oklahoma City's oldest drive-in theater. The Winchester has been in business for almost a half a century and is still going strong. Enjoy two movies for the price of one, while enjoying the nostalgia of the drive-in.
6. The Soda Fountain Eatery, Anadarko
For a classic soda fountain and comfort meal, stop into The Soda Fountain Eatery for a little piece of nostalgia. Indulge in their homemade desserts while stepping back in time.
7. Sooner Drug & Gifts, Okemah
Do you remember when the local pharmacy served up malts and shakes right their at the counter? Well, take a trip down memory lane when you walk into Sooner Drug & Gifts in Okemah. Order an ice-cream cone and browse a large selection of gifts, just like the good ol' days.
8. Tally's Good Food Cafe, Tulsa
This iconic Route 66 diner offers lunch counter service while serving award-winning breakfasts and lunches. The 1950s flair and decor will remind you of the places you use to go after school for the local hangout.
9. Tower Drive-In Theatre, Poteau
If you're looking for that old-school drive-in theater feel, then head to Tower Drive-In in Poteau. Enjoy a night under the stars while feeling like your in high school again.
10. Eischen's Bar, Okarche
Walking into the oldest bar in Oklahoma is going to take retro to a whole new meaning. The bar opened in 1896 by Peter Eischen and stayed open until the Prohibition. It then reopened after the end of the Prohibition by Peter's son and grandson, Nick and Jack Eischen. The history within the walls is worth the trip alone, but don't miss out on the best fried chicken ever!
Do you enjoy visiting retro places in the Sooner State? Is so, which one is your favorite?