Northeast Ohio Drive-in Theaters

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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 of so in Northeast Ohio are a fun place to spend a summer's evening.

  • 01 of 07

    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

  • 02 of 07

    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

  • 03 of 07

    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

  • 04 of 07

    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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  • 05 of 07

    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.

  • 06 of 07

    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

  • 07 of 07

    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