Ohio Drive-ins

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Miles Road Drive-in [gone]
Cleveland, OH
The Miles Road Drive-in opened in 1953 and closed after the 2000 season. These photos are from around 2001. It was sold to the city and demolished in 2006. The Miles was a huge single-screen venue with capacity for 1,000 cars. It also had a nice playground. The huge Art Deco screen tower, considered the nicest in Ohio, was covered with neon lighting. A housing development has been built on the site.

Star Auto
Theatre [gone]
Wauseon, OH
Linden Air
Drive-in [gone]
Columbus, OH
Elm Road Triple Drive-in
Warren, OH
The Star Auto Theatre opened in 1952 and closed in 1999. This photo is from 2009. The screen was demolished in 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Linden Air Drive-in marquee survived for many years after it closed. However, it was finally razed in 2006.

The Elm Road Triple Drive-in opened in 1950. A second screen was added in 1979, and a third screen in 2005. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

South Drive-in
Columbus, OH
Sandusky Drive-in [gone]
Sandusky, OH
Sunset Drive-in
Mansfield, OH
The South Drive-in has been in operation since 1955. [map]

The Sandusky Drive-in was built in 1949. It had been closed since 2001. This photo is from 2005. It was demolished around 2007. For more, see this website.

The Sunset Drive-In had been around since at least the 1950s. The signs were damaged in a windstorm in 2009 and this photo was taken soon after that. The pole sign's message panels were repaired and the drive-in reopened. The drive-in closed in 2013. The property is now used for a barn salvage business. Part of the pole sign remains but the screentower sign is gone. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Springmill Drive-in
Mansfield, OH
2005: 2012:
The Springmill Drive-in opened in 1958. It is still in operation as a single screen. By 2018, the screentower had been painted blue and red. [map]

Plymouth Drive-in [gone]
Plymouth, OH
I dont' know when the Plymouth Drive-in was built. The property had been home to "Plymouth Auto Salvage" for many years. It featured an old stair-step screen tower. These photos are from 2007. By 2018, the screen tower was in miserable shape and the sign was gone. Around 2020, the screentower was demolished.

Midway Drive-in [gone]
East Palestine, OH
The Midway Drive-in closed in the 1980s. The screen tower was still standing when these photos were taken in 2007. It was torn down in 2008.

Dixie Drive-in
Dayton, OH
Skyborn Drive-in [gone]
Fairborn, OH
The Dixie Drive-in has been in operation since 1962. In 2002, a second screen was added and the name was changed to the Dixie Twin Drive-in. For more, see this website. [map]

The Skyborn Drive-in opened in 1950. It was a single screen. The drive-in closed in 2015. The screentower was demolished in 2020. In 2021, the sign was removed and put in storage while the Fairborn Area Historical Society raises funds and plans where to display the sign.

Melody Cruise-in
Springfield, OH
The Melody Cruise-in opened in 1952 and closed in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hi-Road Drive-in
Kenton, OH
Van Del Drive-in
Middle Point, OH
The Hi-Road Drive-in opened in the 1940s. In 2006, the screen was enlarged. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Van Del Drive-in opened in 1947 and is still in operation. For more, see this website. [map]

Kanauga Drive-in [gone]
Gallipolis, OH
The Kanauga Drive-in opened in 1950. It closed around 2008. These photos are from 2009. In 2011, this screen tower and the remains of the drive-in were demolished. For more, see this website.

More Ohio Drive-ins:
Melody 49 Drive-in (Clayton) [sign replaced]
Holiday Drive-in (Hamilton)
Skyview Cruise-in Drive-in (Lancaster)
Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-in (North Ridgeville) [map]
Midway Drive-in (Ravenna)
Lynn Drive-in (Strasburg)
Skyway Drive-in (Warren)
Winter Drive-in (Wintersville)

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