West Side Drive-In

Brookpark Road & Rocky River Drive,
Cleveland, OH 44135

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West Side Drive-In

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The West Side Drive-In was located in the Brookpark district and opened in 1948. It was operated by Cooperative Theatres and later General Cinemas. This drive-In closed in the mid-1960’s expansion of the Cleveland Hopkins Airport. When it was open though, the little speaker that you hang on the car window to hear the movie was no match for the roar of the jet engines on the other side of the fence.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 9, 2009 at 8:01 pm

The June 19, 1948 issue of Boxoffice magazine had a story about the growing presence of drive-ins in the Cleveland area. At that time there were about 50, which was worrying the indoor theater owners. The West Side was one of the drive-ins on the list. Owner at that time was Phil Smith.

chspringer
chspringer on January 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm

My parents used to take me to this drive-in when I was a young boy. I remember that there was a playground in front of the screen and they had pony rides before the show started.

I seem to remember that the place closed in 1959 to make way for airport expansion. I don’t think it could have still be open in 1975 as mentioned above. Maybe someone can confirm the exact close date.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The drive-in can be seen in this 1952 aerial view, but it was gone by 1970.
http://tinyurl.com/yg46cs3

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 10:32 am

this opened on July 4th, 1940. ad: View link

jwmovies
jwmovies on January 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Before the airport expansion, the drive-in would have been 2 blocks south of Hwy 237 SB on-ramp. Rocky River Dr. extended further south when this was open.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on August 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Uploaded 1952 aerial map. The drive-in was gone in 1962. Also, the design of the screen tower must have been a common one. I have see other screen towers in Ohio that were built just like it.

darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm

wow..you folks know heaps bout these old theatres . Man i thought i was knowledgeable on the subject .

Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on September 2, 2013 at 11:23 am

Detroit’s Westside Drive-In had an identical tower: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11103

rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 10:44 am

July 4th, 1940 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section

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