South Drive-In

3050 South High Street,
Columbus, OH 43207

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South Drive-In

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The South Drive-In was opened prior to 1957 when it was operated by the Academy Operating Co. chain. The last surviving drive-in in Columbus. Located on South High Street, it’s not in an area that’s desirable for developers with a lot of empty lots and buildings around, so it may survive a few more years.

I was there this past Memorial Day 2004 to see “Shrek 2” and the place was nearly sold out. Great stereo sound through your car radio or boom box, better take one along as most of the post mounted speakers don’t work very well.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Keith on March 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm

news from Facebook that The south drive-in is starting its digital switch soon. Good to hear.

Mark_L on March 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Glad to see they are making the digital switch. I was worried they would just sell the land and move on. Nice to see Central Ohio keeping its one remaining drive-in.

Mark_L on April 23, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Opening for the season on April 26 with digital projection on both screens.

Keith on July 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Breaking News: Vandals cut most of the speaker wires at the South drive-in.

KenLayton on July 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Yup, it’s posted on their facebook page about the speaker vandalism:

KenLayton on July 12, 2013 at 5:08 pm

When I was doing drive-in speaker repair, I used 6 feet of 18-2 stranded outdoor wire per speaker. I bought the wire in bulk rolls from Home Depot.

KenLayton on July 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

Wow, thieves steal nearly 1,100 speakers from the theater:

Mark_L on July 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

According to the Columbus Dispatch, 1500 of the 1800 speaker wires (from pole to speaker) were cut, apparently for the copper. 3 people were seen on security cameras at about 4:30 in the morning. The wire would be worth about $300. The theatre will restore the speaker wire.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on July 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

A bit misleading, nearly 1100 speakers were NOT stolen, just the wire for them. Sounds like a good opportunity to install some sort of burglar alarm system in that place.

Chris1982 on October 1, 2014 at 7:33 am

This is their website but it is not much to speak of. Their facebook page is much better.

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