Lorain Drive-In

5201 W. Erie Avenue,
Lorain, OH 44053

350 cars

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Lorain Drive-In

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Opened June 29, 1946 with Claudette Colbert in “Guest Wife”. This was originally a single screen drive-in, with a concrete screen, and a playground.

In 1965, extremely high winds damaged the screen to the point that it was demolished, and a steel-framework one erected. In the mid-1970’s, a second screen was added, and the drive-in remained open until the late-1980’s.

Contributed by Alan D Hopewell

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jwmovies on October 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 5201 West Erie Avenue. Now Hold It Self Storage.

Steamtrain on January 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm

It was managed by the manager of the downtown Lorain theater, Mr. Dick Klein in 1957. There was a fish pond at the back. The screen was a concrete block tower, I helped my dad re-paint it. I always got in for free. I would walk there from the trailer park at next to Beaver Park. Friday’s were “Buck Nite”, One dollar per car load. One of the features shown there was The ten Commandments. We moved away to Olmsted Falls in 1959.

Scott_D on June 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm

We used to go here on occasion when it was a two screen drive in. My mom used to sneak in a bag of popcorn and have my aging sister in pigtails while slumping in the back seat to get her in for children’s price. The final movies I remember seeing here were pretty awful; Friday the 13th Part V and Porky’s Revenge. I still enjoy the occasional drive-in setting, if anything but for the nostalgia of it.

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