Tower Drive-In

2301 Lake Avenue,
Elyria, OH 44035

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Tower Drive-In

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One of four former drive-ins in Lorain County. Located in Elyria, Ohio, it was named after a large communication tower which shared the space, which still stands on the site.

The only thing that remains of the drive-in is the sign, which is now used for the storage unit that is now on site.

Contributed by Jeff Yates

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JeffYates on May 10, 2007 at 5:05 pm

It may have been,I don’t live in Elyria so I wouldn’t know if they did or not unless they had a second entry on the same road where maybe they had an office. So I couldn’t tell you for sure.

kencmcintyre on December 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

Here is a May 1958 ad from the Elyria Chronicle Telegram:

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 16, 2009 at 6:18 pm

The 6187 address takes you right to the sign if you plug it into Google Maps. Not very impressive, but I thought I’d mention it anyway.

hopewell on March 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

The first drive-in that I can remember attending….I was three, and they were showing “BRIDES OF DRACULA”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Yep.It parked 400 cars and was owned in 1956 by Co-Operative.

willys on October 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

I have an interesting question about this drive in. I own a 1959 Jeep CJ5 that I just restored. When I bought it there was a label inside the glove box door that read “Tower Drive-In 2301 Elyria Township Ohio.” I’m trying to find out more information about this Jeep. I assume it was used as a maintenance vehicle for this theater. Anybody know anything about it? Thanks.

Scott_D on June 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

In the late 70s/early 80s, a bunch of us kids used to go into the drive in and turn up the speakers closest to the fence, near the Edwards grocery store. This way we could come back in the evening and view the movie through the fence while hearing it from the speakers we cranked up. I did see a number of movies the traditional way, that being paying for entry. But as a kid with limited spending money, our makeshift method was sufficient.

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