6588 Jackson Road,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres
Opened in 1953, under Arthur and Roger Robinson, who also operated the Ypsi-Ann Drive-In and Willow Drive-In, the Scio Drive-In originally could accomodate about 400 cars, and had a single 65-foot screen. In 1967, the General Cinema Corporation took over the Scio Drive-In.
Seven years later, under VIP Theatres, the Scio Drive-In switched to adult films, which caused controversy because area residents complained that the racy fare could be seen from both Jackson Road and the nearby I-94 expressway. However, not only did the theatre remain in operation (despite briefly being forced to close by the authorities in 1975), an adult bookstore was built on the drive-in’s property, as well. By the late-1970’s, the drive-in was expanded to accomodate more than 700 cars.
The Scio Drive-In closed in 1985, and was demolished in 1991. The site remains vacant today.
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