Ohio Now Boasts the Most Drive-In Theaters in the World
Grab a bucket of chicken and find an Ohio drive-in movie near you with our handy map.
Ohio’s enthusiasm for drive-in movies dates back to June of 1937. The Starlight Auto Theater opened in Akron that year, marking an early entry into the annals of drive-in history. This was not only the first drive-in theater in Ohio, the Starlight was one of the first ten drive-in theaters in the country. Having enjoyed 400-car capacity showings until 1983, the Starlight dipped into the past, but not before inspiring a heyday of drive-in theaters across the state.
Even today, Ohio remains one of the best states to see a drive-in movie. With about 28 drive-in movie theaters still in operation, it currently has the most drive-in theaters of any state (Pennsylvania had been in the lead, but dipped to 27 just last year). The Lynn Drive-In Movies in Strasburg, Ohio, is now one of the oldest operating drive-in movie theaters in the world.
That’s quite a legacy set by the Starlight 78 years ago.
Here is a handy map of the remaining drive-in movie theaters in Ohio at time of publication:
|Barberton||Magic City Drive-In|
|Chardon||Mayfield Road Drive-In|
|Clayton||Melody 49 Twin Drive-In|
|Dayton||Dixie Twin Drive-In|
|Hamilton||Holiday Auto Theatre|
|Kenton||Hi Road Drive-In|
|Liberty Center||Field of Dreams Drive-In|
|Mansfield||Springmill Twin Drive-In|
|Mansfield||Sun-Set Drive-In Theatre|
|Maria Stein||Starlite Drive-In|
|Middle Point||Van-Del Drive-In|
|North Ridgeville||Aut-O Rama Twin Drive-In|
|Norwalk||Star View Drive-In|
|Oregon||Sundance Kid Drive-In|
|Ravenna||Midway Twin Drive-In|
|Sidney||Sidney Auto-Vue Drive-In|
|Strasburg||Lynn Auto Theatre|
|Tiffen||Field of Dreams Drive-In Theater|
|Wadsworth||Blue Sky Drive-In|
|Warren||Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre|
|Warren||Skyway Twin Drive-In|
|Wilmington||Chakeres Wilmington Drive-In|
|Wintersville||Winter Drive-In Theatre|
Have you taken the family out for a picnic at the local drive-in yet?