Old Drive In
Since the beginning of the movie theater industry movies have been shown outdoors. The reasons have varied. Be it lack of indoor air conditioning or lack of a building all together. In 1933 someone decided to make it so that theater goers could watch a movie in the comfort of their own cars. Thus the Drive In Movie theater was born. Ohio, leader not a follower, was no late comer to the fad. In the heyday of the drive-ins Ohio was strong. During the decline, Ohio held strong.
The Drive-in is a right of passage for all Ohioans. From the first time one sees the screen through the front windshield to the moment the last frame is displayed the drive-in is an experience like no other. If a patron feels like talking, texting, running, sitting, or eating loudly this is okay because the Drive-in is a place of personal space. With the ability to personalize everything from the level of the sound to the temperature in ones car. Every vehicle is ones own private theater. Yet still the drive-in is able to convey a sense of community. Exit the car and the sounds of the movie mingle with the sounds of nature and other patrons. As long as everyone keeps things with in reason the sky, literally, is the limit.
Some Tips for Drive-In Enjoyment:
- Check the locations official website for rules. Some charge to bring in outside food others don’t. A quick check can prevent many problems
- Visit the concession Stand at least once. The food is where a lot of the Drive-ins make their money. Also the food is reasonably priced and the selection quite large.
- Plan for a late night. If two movies are playing, and the first one can’t start until dark, the last one won’t generally end till after midnight.
- Bring a portable radio. Most places use radio transmissions for sounds delivery. A portable radio means you won’t miss any of the soundtrack on a restroom break or snack run.
- Arrive early to get a good spot.
- Most allow movement between the screens and time the movies so that if you want to see one from one screen and one from the other you can. Do not expect to get a great spot if you move to the more popular second movie.
No matter where you live in the state there is a drive in with in a reasonable drive.
Cincinnati: Starlite Drive-In
Cleveland and the northeast area: There are a lot of them. probably the most dense area. (list of Drive-ins)
Columbus: Skyview Drive-In
Dayton: Melody 49 Drive-In, Dixie Twin Drive-In
Hamilton: Holiday Auto Theatre
Toledo: Tiffin Drive-In Theatre, Field of Dreams Drive-In Theatre, Sundance Kid Drive-In
Along with many others:
P.s. Most drive-ins offer double features with the price still lower than the average movie ticket.