Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Trust Asking Drive-In Theater to Vacate Site near Airport/near Proposed Boeing Site

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Trust Asking Drive-In Theater to Vacate Site near Airport/near Proposed Boeing Site

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By Patti Case Heritage Theatres Inc. of Oklahoma City will be asked to vacate the land one of its drive-in theaters occupies at Will Roge rs World Airport, according to action by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust Wednesday.

The move is designed to clear the area in the event The Boeing Co. of Seattle selects Oklahoma City for a proposed $53 million plant, according to Leroy Hansen, director of airports.

Heritage Theatres owns Hillcrest Drive In Theatre, 3500 SW 59th St. - located on land adjacent to the proposed site for the Boeing facility.

The theater company, which pays about $5,000 rent annually, has been an airport tenant since July 1968, according to Oklahoma City Department of Airports records.

The theater has been operating under a monthly contract for some time, according to George Grube, president of Heritage Theatres, so the decision comes as no surprise to him.

The three-year contract Heritage Theatres had with the airport expired Sept. 30, 1985, and was renewed on a monthly basis, with payments of $416, according to department of airports records.

The lease was not renegotiated when it expired because it was recognized as a "prime development location," according to Luther Trent, airports business manager.

Airport officials felt it was in the best interest of the city to have access to the land, if needed, for development.

At the time the lease expired, Trent said, the city was not aware of Boeing's intention to vie for the Air Force contract, possibly locating the necessary facilities at Will Rogers World Airport.

Oklahoma City Airport Trust action Tuesday ratified Hansen to issue "a written notice to Heritage Theatres Inc. …

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