Enjoy a Movie at an Outdoor Theater This Spring and Summer



Everyone has been binge-watching Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video from home this spring. If you are in the mood to see a first-show film, consider going to a local outdoor theater. Many of them will be opening with the warmer weather in May. (Theaters will be complying with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, of course.) From the comfort of your vehicle, you can watch a couple of movies under the stars. Be sure to bring your blankets and pillows!

Outdoor theaters were very popular in the 1960s and 70s. You watched two movies with a 10-minute intermission that included cartoons. Most theaters had a play area to enjoy before the movie began. (Anyone remember Woodlawn Outdoor Theater on Springfield Pike, Oakley Drive-In on Madison Road, Mt. Healthy Drive-In on Compton Road, Twin Theater in Bond Hill, Jolly Roger Drive-In in Sharonville, Ferguson Drive-In in Western Hills or the Holiday 28 Drive-In in Loveland?)

Here is our list of local outdoor theaters where you can enjoy a movie:

27 Drive In
South Highway 27,  Somerset, Kentucky
Two screens available. Follow on Facebook.

Bel-Air Drive-In
Highway 421 in Versailles, Indiana
This theater has been around for over 60 years!

Beyond Cinema
September 23–27, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio
This pop-up cinema is on water. Mini boats that seat up to eight people float out to the water! Site TBD.

Bridgewater Falls Drive-in Movie
August 7, 2020
Bridgewater Falls, Fairfield Township, Ohio

Centerbrook Drive-In
6735 SR 67, N. Martinsville, Indiana (two-hour drive)
Closed on Monday and Wednesdays. In business since 1950!

College Hill
Hollywood Drive-In Theater – College Hill East Parking Lot at 1538 Cedar Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mobile outdoor projection events

Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton, Ohio
Two large screens with a digital projector.

East Walnut Hills Outdoor Cinema Series at Night Drop
1535 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Night Drop (an East Walnut Hills bar) has created an outdoor cinema at their parking lot. #ProudlyPresents will be happening all summer long on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights – weather permitting.

Holiday Auto Theatre 
1816 Old Oxford Road (Ohio 130) in Hanover Township
Open year round and in business for over 60 years.

Hollywood Drive-In Theater
College Hill East Parking Lot at 1538 Cedar Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mobile outdoor projection events

Melody 49 Drive-In 
7606 Pleasant-Plain Road, Brookville, Ohio
This theater has been showing movies since 1966 and has two screens.

Sidney’s Auto Vue Drive-In
1409 Fourth Avenue, Sidney, Ohio
This theater has been showing movies under the stars since 1956.

Starlite Drive-In 
2255 State Route Ohio (125), Amelia, Ohio
Seasonal theater (Opens April 14, 2020 for the season)
This theater originally opened in 1947.

Tibbs Drive-In
480 S. Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana (two-hour drive)
Four screens at this theater!

Wyoming Rec Center
9940 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45215
Drive-in movie night on June 27, 2020
Limited spaces – register here.

List updated 07/24//2020