By Ohio.org Staff
Posted On: May 15, 2020
High-waisted jeans, scrunchies and now drive-in movie theaters are all nostalgic trends that are back and better than ever. And according to a report by the United Drive-In Theatres Association (yes that’s a thing), Ohio ranks as one of the states with the most drive-in theaters!
Watch your favorite flick under the stars and load up on snacks! Here are just a few theaters to check out this summer:
South Drive-In Theatre, Columbus
South Drive-In Theatre, a Columbus staple, will continue showing films on weekends only. They’re in the process of online ticketing and online food ordering to help with social distancing standards, but you can still pay with cash, credit, debit and Apple Pay. The admission prices vary by day, but occasionally the drive-in will use ticket prices from the 1950’s — where admission is $0.50 per person regardless of age.
Starlite Drive-In, Amelia
Ticket booths at Starlite Drive-In open at 6:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and the first movie starts at 9:00 PM. There is a $5 food permit (per car) for bringing in food and drinks from elsewhere, but the concession stand has a wide variety of snacks, from pizza and cheeseburgers to candy and ice cream.
Magic City Drive-In Theater, Barberton
From Sunday to Thursday, admission at the Magic City Drive-In is $20 per car Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday is $25 per car. There is a $10 permit required to bring in outside food and beverages, but you can support the drive-in theater by patronizing their concession stand.
Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre, Chardon
Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre is open and is ensuring the safety of all patrons by implementing new standards. The capacity for cars will be reduced by half, cars will park six feet apart and the concession stand will have a walk up window and a separate window for pick-up. The bathrooms will be open and sanitized throughout the evening, and for an added $8 guests may bring in outside food and beverages.
Holiday Auto Theatre, Hamilton
Holiday Auto Theatre is now open and tickets are available to purchase online. A list of modifications the theater has implemented will be handed out as part of their updated rules flyer upon entry. Some modifications include a maximum of two people per social-distancing marker and only two at a time are allowed in the main building restrooms. Additionally, you are able to order tickets online.
Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-in, Tiffin
The Tiffin Field of Dreams Drive-in Theatre has reopened and has listed new processes and rules to be observed for the time-being. The full list of rules can be found on their website, with major changes being customers must purchase their admission tickets online and customers are required to wear masks when walking around the drive-in and must keep six feet social distance between others.
Elm Road Triple Drive-In, Warren
For 70 years, Elm Road Triple Drive-In, a family-owned business, has continuously operated and they are open once again for the season. Head to their website to read through their policies and see what movies are being shown.
Midway Drive-In, Ravenna
Midway Drive-In is open and showing films for the summer. Admission is $20 a car, and you are able to purchase pre-admission as well. Check out their website to see what steps they are taking to ensure the safety of staff and patrons.
Springmill Drive-In, Mansfield
The Springmill Drive-In, first opened in 1950, is still up and running, offering flicks seven days a week. The theater offers two screens, each showing first run double features and occasionally triple features will be offered at no extra charge.
Aut-O-Rama Drive-in Theatre, North Ridgeville
Aut-O-Rama Drive In has reopened for the season and is showing multiple movies on their two screens. The theater will be closed on various days due to high school graduation, so be sure to head to their website to find their viewing dates.
It’s more than just seeing a movie with family and friends, it about making memories. Start a summer tradition at one of Ohio’s many drive-in theaters.