Winter Drive-In

400 Luray Drive,
Wintersville, OH 43953

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Winter Drive-In

The Winter Drive-In opened August 29, 1969. This drive-in has four screens and a capacity for 1,000 cars. It reopened July 21, 2017 operating with only two screens while it fully updates to digital projection. By 2018 a third screen had been converted to digital projection. Conversion of the fourth screen is pending.

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fellini on May 25, 2006 at 3:56 pm

This drive-in is just down the street from me. It closed for several years during the 1990’s. It was originally built with only one large screen. A second screen was added during the late 70’s. The third and fourth screens were added just during the last couple of years.

I remember a lot of good horror movies that played there such as The Gates of Hell, House By the Cemetery, Horror Planet, Nightmares In a Damaged Brain, Pieces, Mortuary, Mother’s Day, Burial Ground, Humanoids from the Deep, Galaxy of Terror, Suspiria, Carrie, The Legend of Boggy Creek, The Food of the Gods, Night of the Zombies,Bloodeaters, My Bloody Valentine, and lots more.

Chris1982 on October 2, 2014 at 6:49 am

The Winter Dirve-In has made the conversion to digital projection.

DIRTBIKECOWBOY on April 17, 2016 at 12:31 am

Due to the depressed economic conditions of the area the Winter Drive-in has not converted to digital projection. They plan to open a couple of screens for the 2016 season with what limited 35mm film is available.

TomMc11 on May 24, 2017 at 6:06 am

They currently have ONE screen functioning as of May 24th, 2017. They are showing Baywatch and last years Jack Reacher movie. They started a Go Fund Me page back in April of 2017.

TomMc11 on July 3, 2017 at 12:59 am

As of right now the Winter Drive In is temporarily closed until mid-July. They have received two Christie Digital Projectors and they are currently upgrading the projection booths for screens #1 and #3 and have ordered a 3rd projector for screen #2. No word on screen #4 yet but this is still great news!

TomMc11 on July 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm

From their Facebook page:

Our Projected Re-opening Date Is Friday July 21st. We’ll have screens #1 and #3 open with new digital projection and digital sound. The opening date of screen #2 will be announced soon. While the drive-in still needs a quite a bit of T.L.C., the digital upgrade has been a major expense and should be seen as a good indication of things to come.

MichaelKilgore on December 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

The Steubenville Herald Star, Feb. 28, 1969: The Steubenville-Wintersville area is getting a new drive-in theater. Work has been started on the outdoor movie center … the theater is being planned and constructed by the Skirball Investment Co., a Cleveland based operation … the theater will be named “the Winter Drive-In”.

Its Facebook page said the Winter opened August 29, 1969.

The Winter didn’t appear in the International Motion Picture Almanacs through 1976. The 1978 IMPA had it, capacity 1000, owned by Skirball, who stayed the owner through the final list in 1988. The IMPAs showed it with two screens by 1980.

TomMc11 on May 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm

They are currently open and digital on 3 screens. The 4th screen is still dark, and they have stated it is possible that they will convert the 4th screen this year but that they “need to take care of a lot of deferred maintenance.”

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