Eastlake Drive-In

34280 Vine Street,
Eastlake, OH 44095

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A Wal-Mart occupies the site of the former Eastlake Drive-In, as well as a small shopping center. Prior to Wal-Mart, a Wholesale Club, later a Sam’s Club, occupied the building constructed after the drive-in closed.

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phil2039
phil2039 on July 6, 2007 at 5:01 pm

EastLake Drive-In opened in summer of 1950. It could hold 1,000 (16 ramps) CARS. The Concession Stand had 50 Seats in case it rained. Later in the 60’s the seats were removed to make concession bigger with two lines to server people faster. The play ground had two (2)sets of swings (w/8 swings each), two (2)sliding boards, and a merry-go-round that you would push, it also had a coo-coo TRAIN w/3cars to pick-up children from the cars & bring them back before the movie would start. (The TRAIN stopped in 1969 for insurance reason) ! IN 1960’s they open a MINIATURE GOLF & GAME ROOM, for family to come early and have fun, before the movie started & continue until the Drive-In closed. 1975 started a FLEE MARKET on Sat.& Sun. from 8AM til 5PM. it would bring about 100 sellers & around 1,000 Buyers , which continue until closing. On the 4 of July you could see the fireworks from North High School, down the street from over the screen tower. (that was FUN). THE EASTLAKE DRIVE-IN CLOSED FOR GOOD In NOVEMBER 1986……. Sign…..HeadUser Mike Barnhart (1974-1986)……. P.S. I’ll add pictures when I find them…

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 6, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Was mentioned in the documentary “Drive-In Movie Memories” in 2001.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 13, 2009 at 8:31 am

Here is a May 1963 ad from the Willoughby News-Herald:
http://tinyurl.com/p74mkf

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2011 at 12:05 am

My 1956 motion Picture Almanac has it parking 500 cars and was owned at that time by East Lake Drive-In Theatres.

Auggie
Auggie on September 12, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I worked in the concession stand during the mid-to-late 70s. I particularly recall the pizzas we used to make with their cardboard-like crust. They were awful, except for the pepperoni, which we would snack on occasionally by grabbing big handfuls from the giant plastic bag it shipped in. We made popcorn up until the movie started and just before intermission, whether we needed to or not, just to get the aroma permeating inside the stand and out — the hope was to make people hungrier. Heat lamps kept all prepared food warm, but they also attracted all sorts of bugs which would die and fall into the food. As phil2039 writes, the concession stand did have two lines but rarely operated at the same time unless we had a big draw, like Smokey and the Bandit (three nights of sellouts). The operator didn’t use a cash register or adding machine — prices were added up in the cashiers head! I was asked to this occasionally, and can attest, it’s very difficult. Besides being quick in addition you had to know all the prices by memory. And when someone questioned the total you had to do it all over again. I can still picture my co-workers, the ushers, the GM (wore the worst rug ever), the owners and the ticket-taker but am at a loss for their names. Hi to you all. It was a great time in my life and I had fun knowing and working with you all.

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