Northeast Ohio opened one of the first drive-in theaters with the debut of Akron's Starlight Auto Theater in 1937. Ohio grew to love the unique movie theaters and by the late 1960s, the state boasted 189 drive-ins. Today, over 80 percent of them are gone, but the remaining dozen or so in Northeast Ohio are fun places to spend a summer's evening.
A single screen theater, open seasonally, between April and October. It is open seven nights a week in the summer and on weekends in the spring and fall. Audio is offered via FM radio. Holds 500 vehicles.
Mayfield Road Drive-in
12010 Mayfield Rd. (just east of Rte. 306)
Owned by the same family since it was built in 1965, the Aut-O-Rama is something of a westside legend. The twin screen theater is open from early April until the end of September, seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It offers FM radio for audio.
The theater holds 1,000 vehicles. Admission includes two movies, a slice of pizza, popcorn and a fountain drink. No outside food or beverages are allowed.
33395 Lorain Rd.
North Ridgeville, OH
A twin-screen theater, open between April and October. The theater, which holds up to 700 vehicles, features first run films seven nights a week during the summer and on weekends during the spring and fall. Offers audio from traditional speakers or via FM radio broadcast.
Magic City Drive-in
5602 S. Cleveland/Massillon Rd.
Star View Drive-in, Norwalk
Opened in 1949, this 520-vehicle theater is open every night from June through September.
Star View Drive-in
2083 Route 20 W.
Opened in 1949, this 600-vehicle, two-screen theater is open from April through October.
2736 Route 59
This single-screen theater is open from May to September each season and can accommodate up to 450 cars.
Blue Sky Drive-in
959 Broad St.
Originally opened in 1950, this large (900 vehicle) theater is open seven days a week during the summer and on weekends during the spring and fall.
Elm Road Triple Drive-In
1895 Elm Rd.