Drive-In Movie Theatres in Ohio
By Mary Kleffner

According to a 2016 report by the United Drive-In Theatres Association (yes that’s a thing), Ohio ranks second in America for the state with the most drive-in theatres – at almost thirty! Celebrate this American tradition and spend an evening under the stars while watching some of the season’s best movies and eating tasty treats. Read up on a few Ohio drive-in favorites!

Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre

Just outside Cleveland, you’ll find the Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville. Owned and operated by the same family since its debut in 1965, the Aut-O-Rama provides families in Northeast Ohio memorable movie-going experiences. And although rooted in tradition, you can be sure your time at Aut-O-Rama will be as state-of-the-art as it gets – not only do attendees enjoy Dolby FM stereo sound, but you have a choice in movie, as the site boasts two screens. Taste more than popcorn at their extensive snack bar, including hamburgers, wraps, pizza, and everything in-between!

Plan your next family outing and enjoy one of this summer’s shows, like Ant Man and The Wasp — or swing by during the week for “Retro Tuesday” and catch the original Blade Runner or Flash Gordon. Learn more here.

South Drive-In

Open since 1950, ColumbusSouth Drive-In is one of only two drive-in theatres still operating in Central Ohio. Not only does the South Drive-In feature dozens of movies each season on two screens, but the site has hosted Rainbow Flea Market since the mid-1970s. Each year from March to November, up to 200 vendors camp out from 5am to 1pm every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday to sell an assortment of items including appliances, clothing, electronics, and more. See all the treasures this site has to offer and stay to camp out under the night sky for a movie with the family! This season, you can catch the Incredibles 2 or The Avengers: Infinity War.

See this summer’s line-up and buy your tickets here.

Van-Del Drive-In

Although owned and operated under different names throughout the years, Middle Point’s Van-Del Drive-In has entertained and helped establish family traditions since 1948. Three different screens show everything from action movies to comedies and thrillers. Be sure to check out their weekly specials, especially Monday’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) for fresh and FREE all-you-can-eat popcorn! And an added bonus – your little ones under five can watch movies for free, all week long.

There’s plenty of family-fun to be had at this cozy drive-in. Find out what movie you’ll see next here.

Liberty Center Field of Dreams Drive-In

Unlike most drive-ins throughout Ohio, Liberty Center’s Field of Dreams Drive-In was recently constructed in 2007. Looking to provide cost-effective family entertainment to the Northwest Ohio area, Rodney and Donna Saunders were inspired to build a new drive-in movie theatre. Here, guests have come to enjoy everything from two movie screens and family-friendly games before showtime to pizzas that are delivered right to your car! In fact, the Saunders found such success in their personal drive-in that they purchased the Tiffin Drive-In Theatre in 2011 after learning it would otherwise close after the then-owners retired. In 2012, the newly-renovated Field of Dreams Drive-In – Tiffin opened with the addition of a second movie screen.

Spend a peaceful summer night at the Field of Dreams Drive-In! You can pre-purchase your tickets and reserve your spot online here.

Starlite Drive-In

Located in Amelia, Ohio, the Starlite Drive-In has entertained audiences and families since 1947. Built and established by Jerry Jackson, the Drive-In was owned and operated under Jackson until 1968. In the seven decades since his ownership, the Starlite Drive-In continues to provide the Southwest Ohio region unique, fun cinematic experiences by showing some of the year’s best movies from April through October. This season, movie-goers can enjoy showings from a variety of genres, including the action-packed Jurassic World and family-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3. Bring your own snacks, or enjoy concessions ranging from popcorn and pizza to ice cream!

Catch what’s playing and more here.

Find a complete list of all of Ohio’s drive-in theatres here.

It’s more than just seeing a movie with family and friends, it’s making memories. Start a summer tradition at one of Ohio’s many drive-in theatres – and share all your movie magic using #OhioFindItHere.

About the Author

Mary is the Public Relations Intern for TourismOhio, where she assists the public relations team in creating content that showcases all the excitement and fun available right here in Ohio. A graduate of Capital University, Mary studied Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations. She enjoys crafting, design, and spending time with friends and family.