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Ohio got off to an early state, hosting one of the frist 10 drive-ins in the country, The Starlight Auto Theatre which opened in 1937 in Akron, OH. Within ten years, Ohio had more than 80 drive-ins and then peaked with close to 190 in the late 1960's. In the years since, the state has seen a decline of 87%. Yet Ohio still has 24 open drive-ins making it the 3rd largest states for remaining drive-ins in the country (New York is #1 and Pennsylvania is #2).

Open Drive-ins

Starlite Drive-in
2255 Ohio Pike
Amelia, OH 45102

The Starlite Drive-in is a single screen outdoor theater that was opened in 1955. They are open seasonally April thru October. Please be aware that ...more about Starlite Drive-in
Magic City Drive-in
5602 South Cleveland
Barberton, OH 44203

The Magic City Drive-in was opened in 1953 and continues to operate today. It is a large, 700 car capacity drive-in with twin screens which both face...more about Magic City Drive-in
Melody 49 Twin Drive-in
7606 Pleasant Plains Road
Brookville, OH 45309

The Melody Drive-in was opened in 1966, late for drive-ins, as a single screen theater. It later added a second screen to bring its total to 2 screen...more about Melody 49 Twin Drive-in
Mayfield Road Drive-in
12100 State Road 32
Chardon, OH 44024

The Mayfield Road Drive-in was opened in 1969 and remains open seasonally, 7 nights a week showing double features. The audio is provided by FM radio...more about Mayfield Road Drive-in
South Drive-in
3050 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43207

The South Drive-in in Columbus is a huge 1100 car, 2 screen drive-in theater. They also hold large flea markets there on the weekends.more about South Drive-in
Holiday Auto Theatre
1816 Oxford Highway
Hamilton, OH 45013

The Holiday Auto Theatre was opened in 1948 as the Hamilton Outdoor Theatre. The current owners purchased it in 1985 and made a major investment in r...more about Holiday Auto Theatre
Hi-Road Drive-in
8059 State Highway 68 North
Kenton, OH 43326

The Kenton Drive-in was opened back in 1950. It was refurbished in 1999 and received several improvements such as a new marquee and larger screen. T...more about Hi-Road Drive-in
Skyview Cruise-in Theatre
2420 East Main Street
Lancaster, OH 43130

Among Ohio's oldest drive-ins, the Skyview Cruise-in Theatre has been operating since 1948. It has been handed down through the years as a well maint...more about Skyview Cruise-in Theatre
Springmill Drive-in
1040 Springmill Street
Mansfield, OH 44906

The Springmill Drive-in was opened in 1950. It is a twin screen drive-in with a capacity of almost 800 cars. They are open seasonally. They do not...more about Springmill Drive-in
Starlight Drive-in
1889 Route 127
Maria Stein, OH 45883

The Starlite Drive-in was opened in 1950. It is a smaller, single screen drive-in that is open seasonally showing double features when open. They ar...more about Starlight Drive-in
Van-Del Drive-in
19986 Lincoln Highway
Middle Point, OH 45863

The Van-Del Drive-in has been operating in the same spot under different names since 1948. It is open seasonally. Please note that they only accept ...more about Van-Del Drive-in
Auto-O-Rama Drive-in Theatre
33395 Lorain Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

The Auto-O-Rama Drive-in was opened in 1965 and has been operated continuously by the same family ever since. Originally opened as a single screen dr...more about Auto-O-Rama Drive-in Theatre
Star View Drive-in
2083 Route 20 West
Norwalk, OH 44857

The Star View Drive-in has been operating since 1949. It is a single screen, 500 drive-in. They are open seasonally from April thru October.more about Star View Drive-in
Sundance Kid Drive-in
4500 Navarre Avenue
Oregon, OH 43616

The Sundance Kid Drive-in Theatre was opened in 1949 making it one of Ohio' oldest operating drive-ins. Originally opened as a single screen theater,...more about Sundance Kid Drive-in
Midway Drive-in
2736 Route 59
Ravenna, OH 44266

The Midway Drive-in has been operating since it opening in 1954. It is a 2 screen theater that has a 500 car capacity. They charge $20 a carload so ...more about Midway Drive-in
Auto View Drive-in
1409 Fourth Avenue
Sidney, OH 45365

The Auto-Vue Drive-in was opened in 1956. It is a single screen drive-in with a capacity for about 450 cars. The Auto-Vue does allow pets as long as...more about Auto View Drive-in
Lynn Auto Theatre
9735 State Route 250 NW
Strasburg, OH 44680

The Lynn Auto Theatre was built in 1937 making it the oldest operating drive-in in Ohio and the second oldest operating drive-in in the United States....more about Lynn Auto Theatre
Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-in
4041 North Route 53
Tiffin, OH 44883

The Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-in was opened in 1949 and has been open ever since. Originally a single screen theater, the new owners added a secon...more about Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-in
Dixie Twin Drive-in
6201 North Dixie Drive
Vandalia, OH 45414

The Dixie Drive-in was originally opened as a single screen drive-in but added a second screen later down the line. They are open seasonally April th...more about Dixie Twin Drive-in
Blue Sky Drive-in
959 Broad Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281

The Blue Sky Drive-in has been open since 1957. It is a dual screen drive-in showing double features on each screen seasonally. The drive-in does al...more about Blue Sky Drive-in
Elm Road Triple Drive-in
1895 Elm Road NE
Warren, OH 44483

The Elm Road Triple Drive-in was opened in 1950 as a single screen theater. Then in 1979, they added a second screen and became the Elm Road Twin Dri...more about Elm Road Triple Drive-in
Skyway Twin Drive-in
1805 North Leavitt Road North West
Warren , OH 44485

The Skyway Drive-in was built and opened in 1949 as a single screen theater. They added the second screen within the last 20 years and renamed it the...more about Skyway Twin Drive-in
Wilmington Drive-in
1129 North Route 134
Wilmington, OH 45177

The Wilmington Drive-in was opened in 1955. They are open seasonally.more about Wilmington Drive-in
Winter Drive-in
400 Luray Drive
Wintersville, OH 43953

The Winter Drive in was built in 1969. It has expanded a few times and is no a 4 screen theater which can hold about 1000 cars. The Winter Drive-in ...more about Winter Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Gala Twin Drive-in
2215 East Waterloo
Akron, OH 44312


Lake Drive-in
8477 Route 703
Celina, OH 45822


Memphis Drive-in
10543 Memphis Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44116


Miles Drive-in
19001 Miles Road
Cleveland, OH 44128


Sherwood Twin Drive-in
5363 West 3rd Street
Dayton, OH 45427


Skyborn Drive-in
5269 Haddix Rd
Fairborn, OH 45324


Kanauga Drive-in
1483Route 7 North
Gallipolis, OH 45631


Sharon Drive-in
2951 West Elm Street
Lima, OH 45805


Scioto Breeze Drive-in
9959 Route 23
Lucasville, OH 45648


Sunset Drive-in
4018 Park Avenue West
Mansfield, OH 44903

While the Sunset Drive-in is closed and has been since 2013, the last time we checked it was still for sale. So there is still a chance someone could ...more about Sunset Drive-in
Park Layne Drive-in
2550 South Dayton Lakeview Road
Medway , OH 45341


Oakley Drive-in Theatre
5033 Madison Road
Oakley , OH 45227

Closed in 2005, the Oakley Drive-in was the last remaining drive-in in the greater Cincinnati area. more about Oakley Drive-in Theatre
40 East Drive-in
8659 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


East Bend Drive-in
9897 State Route 125
Russellville, OH 45168


Sandusky Drive-in
3711 Cleveland road
Sandusky, OH 44870


Melody Cruise Drive-in
Route 40 East
Springfield, OH 45505

The Melody Drive-in just recently closed in 2016. It is still there so we are hoping someone will come along and buy it and convert it to digital and...more about Melody Cruise Drive-in
Ridgeway Drive-in
10721 Lincoln Highway
Van Wert, OH 45891