TULSA - The owners of the Admiral Twin Drive-In announced that they are looking into rebuilding the historic theater.
As of Tuesday, fire investigators say they have not determined the cause of the September 3rd fire.
Smith and Peace say a Facebook page titled “Save The Admiral Twin Drive-In” was established that is now over 25,000 friends and steadily growing. People are posting their memories and their encouragement.
The owners say they have begun the process of talking to architects and contractors for the purpose of establishing a plan with a budget. They intend to research several rebuilding ideas while studying estimated costs. Smith and Peace say their desire is to maintain the spirit of the original constructed design so that any new structure will be completely reminiscent of this long standing image.
The owners are meeting with accountants and other advisors to determine the proper and legal steps for establishing a fundraising operation. Smith and Peace say that if they don't raise enough money to rebuild, they will donate the money to charity.
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, the Drive-In will be the site of a large festival that will feature some of the best known Tulsa entertainers. The owners say more details will be released soon.
Smith says “Scott Peace and myself wish to thank the many people who have helped us turn this very unfortunate incident into such a positive cause. It was the outpouring of support from people during the first moments of the fire that initially gave us any thought about rebuilding. As the massive support continues from so many directions, we have a tremendous sense of duty to reestablish this entity that means so much to so many people. Last Friday morning we had no idea we would suddenly be facing the daunting task of what lies ahead. It is our mission to proceed with good plans and a deep respect for the wishes of people of Tulsa. Thank you for your many thoughtful ways of support, please stay engaged.”
Donations can be made at: www.selectcinemas.com or Admiral Twin Drive-In at Security Bank PO BOX 471316 Tulsa, OK 74147. Any inquiries regarding fundraising ideas and opportunities can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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