5 Drive-In

2332 9th Line,
Oakville, ON L6H 7G9

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5 Drive-In

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The 5 Drive-In opened in 1964 with one screen. A second screen was added in 1980 and the third screen was added in 2001. Premier owns the 5 Drive-In which can fit up to 1,100 cars.

Contributed by Chad Irish

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mrcinema
mrcinema on October 19, 2004 at 9:08 pm

I just love going to the No.5 Drive-In. Its a great place to hang-out. Speaking of hanging…
That story about the old projectionist hanging himself is just an old story told by some people that work there around the Halloween season to make the No.5 Drive-In more spooky at night. In fact I was just there last weekend and some people where talking about that story too. If it were true I find it highly unlikely the noose would still be there too. Its just a spooky made-up story and nothing eles. Sorry for popping your bubble pagemaster. :)

DriveInGirl
DriveInGirl on October 21, 2004 at 7:51 pm

I didn’t think that story was true, I was speaking with Brian Allen, the owner and he told me it was just a story. When I was at 5 a few months ago one of the employees was talking to me about it and they didn’t think it was true either.
5 is a wonderful drive-in, I hope to get there this week end. The owner cares a lot for it and it shows in the way the 5 is kept. I hope to make it there this weekend. I miss it because I have not been for at least 3 weeks. Take care!

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on May 15, 2006 at 5:45 pm

This drive-in appeared in the film “Knockaround Guys” (2001).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Four movies for $15. Can’t beat that.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Great Looking Drive-in you guys are lucky up there.I hope you realize how fortunate you are to have the No.5 Drive-in Theatre.

laurencejones
laurencejones on December 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Hello, I’m a UoT student doing a research project on drive-in theatres in Toronto and the GTA. I was wondering if anyone here on the site had any information or experiences they would be happy to share for my research? Anything at all would be very helpful!

TheALAN
TheALAN on December 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Premier Theatres says the Allen family aquired the 5 Drive-In Theatre in 1960. Chad Irish, in the overview, says the drive-in opened in 1964. Who is correct?

goldsmith
goldsmith on February 6, 2016 at 6:24 am

I visited this theatre during the late 50’s. It was closed but the screen was interesting. The structure that housed the screen looked to me like rear view projection. the opening for the screen was at the front of a large box like structure. I saw a film poster for The Greatest Show On Earth (early 50’s). Does anyone remember a rear view projection system for a drive-in? in theory it should have created a brighter picture but it obviously never caught on if it existed at all.

NeonMichael
NeonMichael on August 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm

In its History page in 2006 (via the Wayback Machine at Archive.org), it said the 5 was “Owned and operated by Premier Operating since the early 70’s”.

The 1972-76 IMPA listed “The 5” (cap. 505) and Daylight (500) for Oakville. And isn’t Daylight the worst drive-in name ever? But I digress.

Going backward, the 1969 IMPA listed the Daylight (400) and Oakville (also 400) for Oakville. That Oakville DI listed goes back to 1959.

Dug up an Oakville Drive-In ad (June 27, 1957) that says it was “2 miles east of the Ford plant, between Q.E. and Dundas Hwys.” Dundas is Highway 5, and The 5 is about two miles west of the Ford plant (which opened in 1953 and hasn’t moved), a direct shot on Halton Regional Rd 13 between QE and 5. (Two miles east of the Ford plant is Lake Ontario.)

A theory that fits all this data: The Oakville opened in the mid to late 1950s, then was bought by Premier in the very early 70s. Premier, with a history of name-changing, might have changed it to The 5 shortly after acquiring it.

Two online sources put the opening date around 1964-65, but that would mean it took the IMPA over five years to notice. Got any better data?

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