Riverside Auto Drive-In

5800 Riverside Drive,
Dublin, OH 43017

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Riverside Auto Drive-In

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This drive-in theater was located on the east side of Riverside Drive, just south of Route 161 on the east side of the Scioto River. It was the first drive-in to open in the Columbus area, opening on June 25, 1940.

In the mid-1970’s it was closed for the construction of the housing development, Riverside Green. A few years later, Friendship Village, a retirement center, was added to the same area.

Contributed by rj

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Mark_L
Mark_L on April 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Address of the Riverside Drive-In was 5800 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH 43017. From looking at the map, it looks like I once had an apartment just about where the concession stand/projection booth would have been located!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 6, 2010 at 1:31 am

In 1956 it stilled parked 300 cars and i have it owned by Frank Yassenoff.

Mark_L
Mark_L on April 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Opened April 2, 1948

Mark_L
Mark_L on April 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Opening ownership was Frank Yassenoff and Harold Schwartz. This was their second drive-in.

Opening picture was BRUTE FORCE with Burt Lancaster.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 21, 2010 at 2:49 am

What great picture to open a Drive-in.BURT LANCASTER. one of the greats. And i share his birthday.

Mark_L
Mark_L on July 29, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Thanks to Mike Rogers for finding the official date this theatre opened. It was the first drive-in in the Columbus area and opened on June 25, 1940. The first feature was HIS GIRL FRIDAY. Details are hard to get on this because the newpaper microfilm for that date is too dark to see clearly.

I misinterpreted an ad from April 2, 1948, that said it was the Grand Opening.

In 1940, this theatre was WAY out from the main city area. Major development in this area was 35 years away.

pappyroehrer
pappyroehrer on January 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Funny…I recall in the late ‘60’s entering from the other side (south side). My recall faulty?

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Pappyroehrer, I enjoy your commments on Columbus theatres. Please post more if you can.

HISTORICAERIALS.COM has aerial maps of the Columbus area from both 1957 & 1971. The 1971 maps shows the same entrance as the image from 1957 above.

Things sure have changed in that part of town. All signs of the drive-in are completely gone now.

pappyroehrer
pappyroehrer on January 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

yes…I concur. faulty recall here.

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