Top Drive-in Theaters in Ohio

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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.

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Mayfield Road Drive-in, Chardon

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)
Chardon, OH
440 286-7173

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Aut-O-Rama Drive-in, North Ridgeville

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.

Aut-O-Rama
33395 Lorain Rd.
North Ridgeville, OH
440 327-9595

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Magic City Drive-in, Barberton

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.
Barberton, OH
330 825-4333

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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.
Norwalk, OH
419-668-1819

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Midway Drive-in, Ravenna

Opened in 1949, this 600-vehicle, two-screen theater is open from April through October. 

Midway Drive-in
2736 Route 59
Ravenna, OH
330-296-9829.

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Blue Sky Drive-in, Wadsworth

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.
Wadsworth, OH
330-334-1809

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Elm Road Triple Drive-In, Warren

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.
Warren, OH
330 372-9732

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