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In my home town, the drive in was THE place to be in the summertime. One of the greatest things I remember as a child is when my parents would go on a date and take me and my brothers with them to the local drive-in theater.
The theater always had a play ground for kids, and a concession stand for snacks, and depending on where we went, there would be one, two, or three movie screens. One would be playing a Disney animated feature, another would be an action or drama.
The Magic City Drive In
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We are lucky to still have a few drive in theaters in Ohio. Here is a little bit of information about our local "Magic City Drive-In."
"The Magic City Drive-In was built and opened by Vince Lauter (West Theatre) and Lou Ratener (Montrose Drive-In) in 1953 as a single screen drive-in. It was sold just a few years after opening to Selected Theaters who added a second screen in the mid seventies.
Gary Greive purchased it in 1980. Capacity 700 cars. Two screens which both face west. There is a special projection booth at the back of the lot to handle screen 2. Radio sound." -- Magic City Drive-In
The proprietors of The Magic City Drive-In of Barberton, Ohio are also affiliated with The Blue Sky Drive-In of Wadsworth, Ohio. The The Blue Sky Drive-In was built in 1947, and is still in business today.
The Concession Stand
If you are ever in Wadsworth, Ohio, go to the drive-in theater to see a movie.
Visit The The Blue Sky Drive-In to print out this coupon and Save!Our party usually involved several cars. The whole drive-in ambiance was like being in a giant TV room outside with your friends. Unlike the theater atmosphere where everyone is in a quiet room filled with people, the drive-in allowed one the freedom to talk, bring their own food, and come and go at their leisure without interfering with strangers seated next to you.
Many people have seen their drive in theaters come and go. The worst cases are the drive ins that were totally abandoned. Friends of drive in theaters remember the good old days by filming drive in ghost towns in an effort to save some of those memories for future generations.
The History Of Outdoor Theater
Between the late 1980s and 1990s, our favorite local theater, "The Montrose Drive In" was demolished and replaced a with K-Mart - Builders Square shopping plaza. The plaza is still there, but is now occupied by J.C. Penny, Oriental Garden, and Home Depot. That is only three of the dozens of stores, restaurants, and shops that now occupy the area where so many people used to gather to watch the movies on weekends with family and friends.
Many drive in theaters did not withstand the test of time. Some drive-ins were abandoned with their signs and structures still standing. Others, like The Blue Sky, are still in operation. "Drive In Theaters: A History From Their Inseption" is one of many books that provide information about how the drive in theater became popular.
Theater Relics From The Past
Often one can find interesting drive in memorabilia on eBay.
Local Drive In Theater Map
One of the founders of The Magic City Drive-In was also the founder of The Montrose Drive-In Theater. During the early 1980s, The Montrose Drive-In was still in full operation, and on either Friday or Saturday night (depending on work schedules) my sweetheart and I would venture out to the drive in to picnic and watch movies out doors with friends.
If you have a drive-in adventure or link you would like to share,
you are always welcome to drive in here. Thank you for stopping by.