Auto Drive-In

11601 Brookpark Road,
Parma, OH 44129

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This drive-in, which was on Brookpark Road near the Chevrolet stamping plant, had a distinctive round circular marquee. The Auto Drive-In closed in 1990 or so, and is now the site of a building housing storage lockers.

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dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 12, 2007 at 2:26 pm

This was the second Auto Drive-In on the site. The original one had the screen tower at the north end of the property, right at the entrance with the back facing Brookpark Rd. It was a substantially built masonry structure, I recall the side facing the road was pink with big blue letters spelling out Auto Drive-In. I can’t remember if the attraction board was was there or if it was free-standing on the ground. In the 1960s on a Palm Sunday there were tornadoes went through and knocked over the screen tower. It fell towards the street and broke apart, there were bricks and cinder blocks all over the place, even in the street. It was then closed for the rest of the season. When they rebuilt they put the screen tower in the southwest corner of the property and reconfigured the parking field and built a new projection/concession building, all oriented to the new screen location.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 14, 2007 at 5:08 am

…and the circular sign was put up at the time of the re-build.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 22, 2008 at 7:25 am

The 1980 IMPA lists this drive-in as being in Cleveland. Car capacity at that time was 890.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2008 at 8:59 am

While it may be listed as being in Cleveland, it is in fact in the suburb of Parma. The south side of Brookpark Rd. is Parma, and the north side is Brooklyn (yes, there is a Brooklyn here, too).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 22, 2008 at 9:13 am

Another Brooklyn? Forgetaboutit. There is only one Brooklyn. :)

Google also maps the address above to Cleveland. Maybe IMPA and Google aren’t familiar with Parma.

fred1
fred1 on December 22, 2008 at 9:31 am

Brooklyn Oh is part of metro Cleveland are ,but their mail is sercicice thru Cleveland PO

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