Tower Drive-In

6187 Lake Avenue,
Elyria, OH 44035

400 cars

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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 still stands near to the site.

The only things that remain of the drive-in is the sign, which is now used for the storage unit that is now on site, and the screen, which is used for advertising.

Contributed by Jeff Yates

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

JeffYates on May 11, 2007 at 8:05 am

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 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm

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

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on September 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

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 7, 2010 at 2:11 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 30, 2010 at 6:52 am

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

willys on October 3, 2013 at 12:24 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 9, 2015 at 4:43 am

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.

bluestreak81 on July 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

The movie screen still stands. If you perform a Google Streetview from County Highway 95 which runs just behind the current property, you can see a clear shot view of the screen. It has since been re-purposed as an advertising sign for the storage facility that now occupies the property. But, the screen is very much still there.

Kenmore on July 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

The correct address (at least for Google) is 6187 Lake Avenue, Elyria, Ohio as previously indicated by Bill Eichelberger. The screen is still standing, but that is the only remains of the drive-in.

Side Note: The description states that the large tower the drive-in was named after “shares the space” which is incorrect. You can see the tower just to the SE of the drive-in, but it never was on the same property. I know, it’s probably too picky to change, but I thought I’d point that out.

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