Airpark Indoor & Outdoor Theatre

645 North James Road,
Columbus, OH 43219

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Airpark Indoor & Outdoor Theatre

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Franklin County’s (Ohio) first ‘in-and-outdoor’ theater opened on April 27, 1957. Like a traditional drive-in, the Airport Drive-In had a 1,000 car capacity layout. However, attached on both ends of the centrally located projection building, were indoors theaters, each seating 200. In front of each indoor theater was a wall-size sheet of plate glass. Through this, the audience watched the same movie that everyone in their cars viewed while looking at the outdoor screen. The Airport Drive-In closed after the 1983 season. The land is now used for industrial-commercial purposes.

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Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 5, 2013 at 8:19 am

Added aerial view from 1957

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

Opening movies were THE KENTUCKIAN and MAN WITH A GUN. Address of the theatre was 645 N. James Road. In later years, it was outdoor only.

Mark_L
Mark_L on January 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

When this theatre was opened, it was called the AIRPORT INDOOR/OUTDOOR. In later years, it was just AIRPORT DRIVE-IN. I don’t know when the indoor part was removed…the theatre was always listed in the Drive-In section of the newspaper listings. I can find no record that it was ever called AIRPARK.

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