Ottawa Drive-In

2360 East Harbor Road,
Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Ottawa Drive-In

Charles and Ann Marecek who were from Muskegon, Michigan, selected Port Clinton, Ohio, for their new drive-in theater. Eight acres of land was purchased from Eva Hines. The planning and construction phase began in April 1950, with opening day on June 22, 1950. The drive-in had a capacity of 600 cars featuring in-a-car speakers and a 40 X 50 screen tower. The Marecek’s also built a family home in front of the drive-in.

In 1973, Rick Smith from Fremont, Ohio, leased the drive-in theater from the Marecek family. He operated it until October of 1991. He finally closed it due to low attendance and hard economic times. Drive-in church services were held there by the Trinity United Methodist Church in 1990’s. Co-Operative Theaters of Ohio was the booking and buying agency. In 1994, Ann Marecek sold the property for redevelopment. In its place are storage units and various businesses.

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