Riverside Drive-In

State Route 7,
Rayland, OH 43943

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The Riverside Drive-In was located in Rayland, Ohio along the Ohio River and was owned by John B. Gardner, and was opened prior to 1955.

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sourskittle88
sourskittle88 on January 28, 2006 at 6:23 pm

my dad has a log book with what movies played that night and how many car loads showed up and how much concession made and everything it truly is a cinema treasure

fellini
fellini on May 25, 2006 at 7:47 am

I was only at The Riverside once back in 1980 or 1981. I’m thinking it might have been the drive-in’s last summer.

It was triple-horror feature that night: Zombie, Blood Beach, and The Boogeyman. I remember the sound system being very poor. You could hear all of the speakers making a buzzing sound throughout the drive-in before the first feature started.

I think some kind of a water treatment plant is now on the former theater property.

zebb67
zebb67 on January 15, 2008 at 7:29 pm

My brother Tim Frank & sister Barb Frank use to work at Riverside. Of course I got in free as a youngster, plus the owner spoiled me with free soda & popcorn!!

I remember the painting on the back of the screen of a paddle wheel boat going down the river. Hope someone finds a picture to put on here. I will see if my brother has one.

zebb67
zebb67 on January 15, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Sorry….should say posted by “Sebastian”…not “Riverside” !

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 20, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Listed in 1980 with a capacity for 400 cars. Operator was J. Gardner.

AndyCallahanMajorMajor
AndyCallahanMajorMajor on November 1, 2010 at 7:43 am

Roughly 1715 Old Highway 7.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm

This wasn’t called the Rayland Drive-in in 1956,I have it listed ,but no Riverside.

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