Defiance Drive-In

1000 N. Clinton Street,
Defiance, OH 43512

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Defiance Drive-In

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Charles R. Brinkman opened the Defiance Drive-In on July 25, 1947. The opening feature was “Frontier Gal” with Yvonne De Carlo, Rod Cameron and Andy Devine and shorts. This theatre had a 500-car capacity and in-car speakers. The projection equipment consisted of two Mogul projectors. The screen tower measured 37 feet X 40 feet. I believe it was widen for showing CinemaScope pictures later on. The screen tower was built with two apartments in its base for a place for the Brinkman family a place to live. A concrete dance floor measuring 30 X 60 feet was put in place to allow dancing before the shows. The drive-in also had bleacher seating to accommodate movie-goers without cars.

On June 5, 1952 the Maller Brothers from Fort Wayne, IN purchased the drive-in. They also own the Strand and Valentine indoor theatres in Defiance. In 1957, the Maller Brothers sold all three of their Defiance theatres to Defiance Theatres Inc. Jack and Ernest Armstrong were the owners of Defiance Theatres Inc. Since its opening in 1947, Co-Operative Theatres was the booking and buying agency. In 1957, it was part of the Jack Armstrong Circuit. Due to declining attendance and rising property values, the Defiance Drive-In showed its last movie on September 14, 1986. It was demolished and the property was sold for redevelopment.

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Drive-In 54 on June 17, 2012 at 11:53 pm

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