Drive In

Summer Time in Ohio

As the weather warms we prepare for the changing of the season. Like the rain watering the flowers the warmer weather makes Ohio’s outdoor options grow. Ohio does not disappoint in the summer.

We have big plans for this Summer. We are excited to visit some more sports teams, see the new stuff at The Ohio History Center, goto a Drive in, and see a bunch of different roadside attractions along the way. So stay tuned over the next few months for a flurry of posts and reviews about the great state of Ohio.

Want to see the state, plan a trip with the help of Ohio’s tourism board or other helpful sites. Or just use our suggestions (click for more info):

Goto an Amusement Park:
Kings Island
Cedar Point
Coney Island
Zoombezi Bay

See a Show:
Drive-ins
Fraze Pavilion
Blossom Center for the Performing Arts
Riverbend Music Center
Express Live – Columbus
Toledo Zoo Ampitherater

See a game:
Dayton Dragons (the hardest seats to get in pro sports)
Cleveland Indians
Columbus Crew
Columbus Clippers
Cincinnati Reds
Toledo MudHens
Akron Rubber Ducks
Lake County Captains

Goto a Zoo:
Columbus Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
The Toledo Zoo

Go to a park:
Ohio State Parks
National Parks in Ohio

Goto a Festival:
Ohio Festivals – a crazy good list of them.

Goto a Museum:
Cleveland History Center (formerly Wester Reserve Historical)
COSI
Cincinnati Museum Center
Toledo Museum of Art 
Dayton Art Institute

Go for a Drive:
Ohio Roadtrips

While we hope this gave you some great ideas for the summer, this is just a small portion of things to do in Ohio.

 

 

 

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Celluloid Ohio – Haunting the Screen

Ohio is no Hollywood, but it has had it fair share of films set in Ohio, filmed in Ohio, or about Ohioans. This month we look at the films that gave us a good scare.

A Nightmare on Elm Street – The classic film is set in Springwood, Ohio. It stars the dream killer Freddy Krueger. The franchise spawned 9 films, a tv series, comic books, and one of the most speculated crossovers of all time, Freddy Vs Jason.

Some other Horror films set in Ohio:

  • The Faculty
  • Finale
  • Heathers
  • I am Number Four
  • Meet the Applegates
  • Phantom of the Paradise
  • Salvage
  • Scorned
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Super 8
  • Take Shelter
  • Thankskilling
  • Trick ‘r’ Treat

Local Filmmakers: Many local filmmakers are also making films about the great state. If you are a filmmaker and want to know more about the opportunities in Ohio visit: http://development.ohio.gov/filmoffice/UsefulLinks.html 

Drive-In Movie Theaters

List of Ohio Drive ins

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. Today Ohio has the second most number of drive in theaters, with 31 still showing movies.

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.

The days of the large speaker sitting on the window are gone. Drive-ins now use a radio transmitter to send the sound to the system of each car. This means that some cars will have a better sound that some dedicated theaters, and that individuals will be able to customize the sound to their personal liking. This also means that with a small radio or boombox the sound can go where ever it is needed.  It is this level of control and convenience that makes the experience unique.

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 it ones car is ones own private theater.

Even though ones car maybe a personal theater the drive-in is still 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. Meet up with friends, chat, and enjoy. As long as everyone keeps things with in reason the sky, literally, is the limit.

This sense of private and public has kept the drive-in alive and well in the state of Ohio. From the cozy spring to the balmy autumn the state is ideal for outdoor theater. With almost 7 months of comfortable nights and plenty of open spaces drive-ins are a great way to send time in the great Ohio outdoors.

P.s. Most drive-ins offer double features with the price still lower than the average movie ticket.