North Canton Drive-In

1113 North Main Street,
North Canton, OH 44720

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North Canton Drive-In

The Automobile Theater opened on September 26, 1947, featuring the 1946 drama “Courage of Lassie” with Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan and Tom Drake. It was opened by Pfeiffer, Neale & Co. dba Automobile Theatre Inc. It had a car capacity of 538 cars with RCA in-a-car speakers. The Automobile Theater was renamed in 1949 to the North Canton Auto Theater. In 1950 it was operated by Meyer Fine dba Associated Theatres from Cleveland, Ohio with Co-Operative Theatre’s of Ohio as the booking and buying agency.

As with a lot drive-ins being twinned, the North Canton Drive-In was twinned in 1977. The North Canton Drive-In finally closed in 1981. From the information I have, Herb Burk was operating the drive-in up to its closing. The drive-in was demolished and some apartments were built on part of the property, the rest is just an empty lot.

Contributed by Randy Studer
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