Forest Auto Theater

OH 125 & Hawkins Lane,
Forestville, OH 45255

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The Forest Auto Theater was located on OH 125 and Hawkins Lane, in what is now considered the Beechmont/Cherry Grove area on the east side of Cincinnati. It was opened July 15, 1948 with Humphrey Bogart in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”.

Nothing remains of the former drive-in, which had a 600-car capacity. The site was recently home to a Service Merchandise catalog store.

Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 24, 2011 at 5:43 am

My guess is that it would have been on the Northeast Corner, is that correct?

Open ~1964-~1969? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

From 1964-1969 it was owned by Associated Theatres of Cleveland, O., Meyer C. Fine, President. In 1967 they had 36 theaters in Ohio.

More info and photos are always welcome.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

I have it owned by a Rube Shor in 1956.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on August 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Yes, Bob, it was located on the NE corner. I went looking, but there’s nothing left to take a picture of.

Bill Eichelberger
Bill Eichelberger on August 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

BTW, I found the location using Great resource for finding old drive-ins.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 8:23 am

July 15th, 1948 first ad in photo section

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