Remember going to the outdoor theater during the summer? You got to watch two shows with a 10-minute intermission that included cartoons. The theater I went to – Woodlawn Outdoor Theater on Springfield Pike – had a play area to enjoy before the movie began. We used to make our own popcorn and Kool-Aid as well as bring pillows for the night’s event. The speakers were not so great at this theater, but it was so much fun to see the movies in our car!
Drive-in theaters are a dying breed. The National Association of Theatre Owners and United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association shows 4,063 U.S. theaters were in business in 1958 and now only 357 theaters are showing outdoor movies in 2013.
Here are some local theaters where you can enjoy a movie outside:
Holiday Auto Theatre in Hanover Township
1816 Old Oxford Road (Ohio 130)
Open year round
Starlite Drive-In Theater in Amelia
2255 State Route Ohio (125)
Seasonal theater (Opens April 14, 2017 for the season)
This theater originally opened in 1947.
Melody 49 Drive-In Theater in Brookville, Ohio
76060 Pleasant-Plain Road
This theater has been showing movies since 1966!