Captain Kidd Drive-In

1500 E. David Road,
Kettering, OH 45429

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Drive-In 54 on January 30, 2021 at 10:24 pm

GPS: 39.674803, - 84.138820

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Drive-In 54 on January 30, 2021 at 10:11 pm

Levin Services never owned/operated the Auto-In or renamed it to the Captain Kidd. The ad was misprint.

meheuck on January 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm

I just finally got confirmation that in the early ‘80s, Levin Services renamed the Auto-In on 2501 Anderson Ferry Rd. as the Captain Kidd, I guess intending it as a Cincinnati cousin to this Kettering location. That’s what confused me for years, since the “new” Captain Kidd came about shortly after the closing of the Tri-County located Jolly Roger.

meheuck on August 1, 2019 at 5:59 am

davidcoppock: Levin Services had a similar pirate-themed drive-in in Cincinnati near the Tri-County area called the Jolly Roger, so they clearly had a theme in mind by naming this one the Captain Kidd. From the dates of the history, they were probably intended to open at the same time in a big splash, but the impedences Kettering made thwarted that plan. I wonder if Levin Services had other pirate-themed drive-ins in Ohio?

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Drive-In 54 on April 7, 2019 at 8:11 am

Look at the address on the Grand Opening ad…SMH

davidcoppock on April 7, 2019 at 7:51 am

The Kettering City Council have got the industrial park they wanted in the end anyway.

jwmovies on April 7, 2019 at 2:17 am

The address above is incorrect. Hempstead Station Rd. did not exist when this theater was open.

The ads are correct. The address for this theater is 1500 E David Rd, Kettering, OH 45429. This points directly to the entrance road part of which is still visible. This drive in had a very long driveway which probably adds to the confusion.

Please update.

davidcoppock on November 4, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Why the name Captain Kidd?

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

The site is now an office park.

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Drive-In 54 on October 11, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hopefully I will be getting some “good” pictures of the Dayton area drive-ins down the road!!.