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savafan
05-05-2008, 10:33 PM
I can remember basically living at the drive-in on the weekends with my parents as a young kid growing up. My fiancee told me this past weekend that she's never been to a drive-in movie, and that made me sad. I was wondering if there were any still around, and if so, what ones are the best.

I remember going to one in Dayton on Dixie Drive several years back that wasn't too bad, but I'm not sure if it's still there or not.

*BaseClogger*
05-05-2008, 10:35 PM
They were going to turn the Pontiac Silverdome parking lot into a giant drive-in. Not sure if it ever matiarized, but that wouldn't help you, now would it? :D

rotnoid
05-05-2008, 10:47 PM
There's still one on SR 125 near Bethel. Star-lite drive in. Dual features of current movies. Something like $5 a head last time I went out. Word is they also have a pretty cheap car load night. Concessions aren't bad and it's still family owned. Get there early on the weekends.

Stewie
05-05-2008, 10:53 PM
Only one I know of is out on SR 130, in between Oxford and Hamilton. I've never been. but I'm pretty sure that one is still around.

RedsFan75
05-05-2008, 10:57 PM
Star-lite was great when we lived in Bethel. Had pretty recent movies too.

Yachtzee
05-05-2008, 10:58 PM
This one is about 15 minutes from my house.

The Midway Drive In: http://www.funflick.com/

You should do a google search. There are a few still around in Northeast Ohio. I would think you might be able to find a few in SW Ohio too.

goreds2
05-05-2008, 11:21 PM
I love going to the drive in movies. Here are some LINKS which may help.

http://www.driveinmovie.com/OH.htm

http://www.driveintheatersusa.com/ohiodrivein.htm

http://www.drivein-jim.net/o_t/driveinoh.html

http://www.drive-ins.com/

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM316T (Springfield, OHIO)

Hollcat
05-05-2008, 11:24 PM
Still one in Somerset KY near Lake Cumberland with screens front and back. They have pretty good crowds during the summer, double features most nights

savafan
05-05-2008, 11:43 PM
Still one in Somerset KY near Lake Cumberland with screens front and back. They have pretty good crowds during the summer, double features most nights

I wonder how far that is from me...what else is in the Somerset area? We both have this Saturday off, it'd be nice to go out for the weekend and do something fun.

LoganBuck
05-05-2008, 11:50 PM
I know of three one at Sidney, one at Kenton, and another on US127 north of North Star.

HeatherC1212
05-05-2008, 11:53 PM
Only one I know of is out on SR 130, in between Oxford and Hamilton. I've never been. but I'm pretty sure that one is still around.

I was just at that one about two (?) summers ago and it was really fun. It's not overly huge but it's got a great atmosphere and it's not very expensive either. I'm pretty sure we got a double feature the last time I was there (I think we saw Over the Hedge and Posidon that night) and it was $5-6 per person. :)

macro
05-06-2008, 01:08 AM
Still one in Somerset KY near Lake Cumberland with screens front and back. They have pretty good crowds during the summer, double features most nights

There's also one in a little town in south-central Kentucky called Summersville. It's about 30 minutes south of Elizabethtown on US 61 for those of you familiar with that area.

Javy Pornstache
05-06-2008, 01:15 AM
I wonder how far that is from me...what else is in the Somerset area? We both have this Saturday off, it'd be nice to go out for the weekend and do something fun.

If you're in Dayton, sava, Somerset is a straight shot down I-75, it's around a four-hour drive.

919191
05-06-2008, 01:57 AM
We went to the one in (or near) Hamilton a couple years ago. Pretty nice. We go to one not too ar from Terre Haute a few times in the summer. It's am memory I wanted to give to my kids.

Caveat Emperor
05-06-2008, 02:02 AM
There used to be a Drive-In somewhere near Wilmington, OH. I remember seeing "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" there as a kid.

Drive-Ins are awesome. They make me want to own an old-school convertible.

bengalsown
05-06-2008, 02:23 AM
Melody 49 near Brookville. I've been there many times, it's a nice place.

goreds2
05-06-2008, 02:53 AM
Drive-Ins are awesome. They make me want to own an old-school convertible.

I have vintage school bus seat I place in the bed of my truck when I go. We fill up a cooler full of beverages, snacks and usually pick up a pizza on the way to the drive in.

Here are the ones I go to:

http://www.skyviewdrivein.com/

http://www.centralohio.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/BD/20080405/NEWS01/804050306/1002 (Article about the Sky View Drive in)

http://www.drive-inmovies.com/

Deepred05
05-06-2008, 04:53 AM
Any of you folks in the Cincinnati area remember a drive in by the name of Jolly Roger, sometime in the early 70's? Practically lived there as a kid.

goreds2
05-06-2008, 05:04 AM
Any of you folks in the Cincinnati area remember a drive in by the name of Jolly Roger, sometime in the early 70's? Practically lived there as a kid.


http://cinematreasures.org/theater/6823/

WVRed
05-06-2008, 08:23 AM
There is one here in Parkersburg out close to Williamstown by the airport.

I've seen one in Gallipolis, Ohio. Kanaugh Drive In I think is the name.

The other one was in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Saw George of the Jungle when it came out there.

Roy Tucker
05-06-2008, 09:57 AM
The only one around Cinci that I know of is the Holiday Auto Theater out in Hamilton. Nicely run place and they have good current-run movies (currently showing Iron Man).

I think the drive-in in Oakley has gone dark.

Drive-ins were a staple through the 60's and early 70's. I spent many a night at the Southland 75 (now the Dayton Mall), Belmont Auto, and the Captain Kidd in Kettering. Also the Skyborn (aka Skyporn) out in Fairborn. I got a million stories about the drive-in.

Falls City Beer
05-06-2008, 12:49 PM
There's a great drive-in outside of Toledo, on Lake Erie near Put-in-Bay (I think). It's my all-time favorite.

Chip R
05-06-2008, 01:00 PM
I saw one on Hwy 50 coming back from French Lick a couple of weeks ago somewhere in Indiana.

gm
05-06-2008, 07:24 PM
We have one in Newberg (OR) less than a mile from where we live that just reopened for the season. When the weather gets nice we'll probably go see Iron Man, Dark Knight and some other flicks the boys will want to see

savafan
05-06-2008, 10:53 PM
I found that the one I used to go to when I lived in Dayton is still operational!

http://www.dixietwin.com/

Hollcat
05-07-2008, 02:38 AM
There's also one in a little town in south-central Kentucky called Summersville. It's about 30 minutes south of Elizabethtown on US 61 for those of you familiar with that area.

I've driven by that one several times but never when it was open. I wondered if it was still operational.

Caseyfan21
05-07-2008, 02:43 AM
I have vintage school bus seat I place in the bed of my truck when I go. We fill up a cooler full of beverages, snacks and usually pick up a pizza on the way to the drive in.

Here are the ones I go to:

http://www.skyviewdrivein.com/

http://www.centralohio.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/BD/20080405/NEWS01/804050306/1002 (Article about the Sky View Drive in)

http://www.drive-inmovies.com/

How is that one just south of Columbus on 23? I've never been to a drive in but I've heard great stories from dad who grew up living next to one and he always used to sneak in. My girlfriend and I love to go see movies so I think she would love going to a drive in (her family used to go when she was younger). And along the same lines....being that I've never gone before....how early before the showing should you arrive? I could pull this out of the hat this weekend for some major brownie points. ;)

OldRightHander
05-12-2008, 06:58 AM
We used to go to the Lake Drive In between Georgetown and Mt. Orab when I was growing up. Some of the films I saw as first runs were Rocky, Jaws, and Star Wars. That place got hit by a bad storm or a tornado (can't remember which) about 20 years ago and they never repaired it. If you drive by there today you can still kind of tell it used to be a drive in.

I don't think I've been to a drive in movie since the last time I went there around '80 or '81. Things I remember are Dad taking great care to clean the windshield inside and out and Mom would fill a paper grocery bag with popcorn. We'd take bowls and keep refilling from the paper sack all through the movie. Then there were the sound boxes you hung on the inside of the door. Great surround sound out of those things.

deltachi8
05-12-2008, 07:50 AM
In Lockport, NY (where I currently work) there is a large, 4 screen Drive In that is quite successful in the spring/summer/fall. With a big name release, it will bring in 1000 cars.

My son and I go there often in the summer, it usually cost us a total of $10-$15 for two movies for both of us.

http://www.transitdrivein.com/

We will miss it when we move.

paintmered
05-12-2008, 09:08 AM
There's one on St. Rt. 235 north of Fairborn across from WPAFB.

goreds2
05-12-2008, 09:24 AM
How is that one just south of Columbus on 23? ;)

The SkyView Drive In I mentioned is located in Lancaster, Ohio.

Here is the one in Columbus. You can call them for more information. Have fun!

Columbus (Franklin County) Ohio
South Drive-in: 614-491-6771
located at 3050 S. High Street (1mi north of I-270)

The South is a popular deuce with a capacity for over 700 cars,
screening double features on each of its two screens. They also do
a bonus repeat screening of their main features on the weekends.
Open May thru September; Admission: $7.00 adults; under 11 free.

http://www.driveinmovie.com/OH.htm

Jharb74
05-12-2008, 10:37 AM
I know of three one at Sidney, one at Kenton, and another on US127 north of North Star.

The one in Sidney is pretty good. They usually show a first run movie and an older one. The one in Kenton, is kinda in the middle of nowhere, and may be harder to find, if you aren't familiar with the area.

I grew up not that far from the one in Sidney. My friends dad had a business not that far from it, where we'd hang out and turn our radio dial all the way to the right and hear the sound. (Cheap skates)

My parents grew up in Kenton and I still have family there, so it's been years since I've been to that one.

LoganBuck
05-12-2008, 02:30 PM
The one in Sidney is pretty good. They usually show a first run movie and an older one. The one in Kenton, is kinda in the middle of nowhere, and may be harder to find, if you aren't familiar with the area.

I grew up not that far from the one in Sidney. My friends dad had a business not that far from it, where we'd hang out and turn our radio dial all the way to the right and hear the sound. (Cheap skates)

My parents grew up in Kenton and I still have family there, so it's been years since I've been to that one.

They typically show two first run or recently released movies in Sidney now. I take my kids for a cheap treat. Typically we stop and get pizza and camp out of the back of the family Truckster.

Roy Tucker
05-12-2008, 04:28 PM
There's one on St. Rt. 235 north of Fairborn across from WPAFB.

The Skyborn. Went there many a time.

In the 70's, it used to show porn. Which I think would have made final approach for the nuclear-armed B-52's that used to be based there and used an adjacent runway juuuuust a little dicey.

Chip R
05-12-2008, 05:57 PM
The Skyborn. Went there many a time.

In the 70's, it used to show porn. Which I think would have made final approach for the nuclear-armed B-52's that used to be based there and used an adjacent runway juuuuust a little dicey.


Gives new meaning to the term, "putting the plane in the hanger." :)

Caseyfan21
05-12-2008, 06:12 PM
The SkyView Drive In I mentioned is located in Lancaster, Ohio.

Here is the one in Columbus. You can call them for more information. Have fun!

Columbus (Franklin County) Ohio
South Drive-in: 614-491-6771
located at 3050 S. High Street (1mi north of I-270)

The South is a popular deuce with a capacity for over 700 cars,
screening double features on each of its two screens. They also do
a bonus repeat screening of their main features on the weekends.
Open May thru September; Admission: $7.00 adults; under 11 free.

http://www.driveinmovie.com/OH.htm

I went last Friday and had a great time at the one just south of Columbus on High Street. The admission is actually $8 but that's not a big deal. I would definitely recommend it for movie lovers who are looking for a different experience than the normal theaters.

KittyDuran
05-12-2008, 06:12 PM
The Skyborn. Went there many a time.

In the 70's, it used to show porn. Which I think would have made final approach for the nuclear-armed B-52's that used to be based there and used an adjacent runway juuuuust a little dicey.Wasn't there a drive-in on I-75 that had "racy" movies (wouldn't call it porn... maybe R rated) in the 70s... can't remember the state tho... I DO remember my parents having a few choice words about running those movies so close to the interstate.

919191
05-13-2008, 01:53 AM
Wasn't there a drive-in on I-75 that had "racy" movies (wouldn't call it porn... maybe R rated) in the 70s... can't remember the state tho... I DO remember my parents having a few choice words about running those movies so close to the interstate.

I remember one of those somewhere in southern Indiana years ago. Maybe near Paoli. They advertised on their sign about the car heaters they provided in the winter.

gm
05-15-2008, 06:56 PM
Will be going to see "Iron Man" and "Drillbit Taylor" tomorrow night with the boys

Spring~Fields
05-16-2008, 12:45 AM
Gives new meaning to the term, "putting the plane in the hanger." :)

Position the car just right as a kid in Fairborn and one could watch the big boys and girls fly on both sides of the street. :eek:

danken12
05-21-2008, 11:13 AM
There is a drive in Winchester, KY. It's actually located between Lexington and Winchester on US 60.

westofyou
05-21-2008, 12:19 PM
I think the drive-in in Oakley has gone dark.

Yep.... it did.

That was our Drive In... a safe place for teenagers to drink, at least in my day it was.