Dent Auto Theatre

6321 Harrison Avenue,
Cincinnati, OH 45248

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Dent is a section of town on the outskirts of Cincinnati. It was a mostly rural area until “progress” took over. This drive-in was the most popular one in the western part of Hamilton County, Ohio. They showed first run movies every night of the week, almost always double features. The kids would always meet at the Dent.

The grounds where the Dent Auto Theatre used to be is now part of a park with bike trails and walking trails. Anyone remember the old days when the Dent was a happening place to be?

Contributed by Joe Allen

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PGlenat
PGlenat on November 21, 2004 at 3:27 pm

The combination of “dent” and “auto” gave me a laugh too. Sometimes you have to wonder……..

DRIVER
DRIVER on November 22, 2004 at 9:46 am

STARTED WITH MY PARENTS FROM 1955 TO 1966. GOT A DRIVERS LICENSE AND A JOB AT 16 IN 1968. HUNG OUT EVERYNITE WITH YOUR GIRL AND BUDDIES IN THEIR CARS MOSTLY HERE BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT 4 MILES FROM HOME. ALSO HUNG AT FERGUSON AND AUTOIN ABOUT 6 MILES AWAY. SHOWED UP FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS IN 66 NOVA SS, 69 ROADRUNNER CONVERTIBLE,65 GTO CONVERTIBLE,66 FAIRLANE GTA,67 NOVA SS,67 MUSTANG FASTBACK WITH 427. THIS WAS A LIFESTYLE IN SPRING SUMMER AND FALL AND SOMETIMES IN WINTERS. YOU SHARED GOOD TIMES, FUN, ROMANCE AND SHOW OFF CARS.BRING IT BACK AND THIS GENERATION WOULD BE EVEN BIGGER CAUSE IT IS JUST SO PURE. CONTACT IS FINE

Joeallen
Joeallen on September 25, 2010 at 10:32 am

It’s 2010 and I still miss the Dent. I drive by the location quite often and every time, I look for the marquis.

robboehm
robboehm on September 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm

I have to agree with the earlier “what were they thinking” comments. The only reason I looked at this when listed as an update was because of the name.

Joeallen
Joeallen on September 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Yeah, the Dent Auto Theatre did exist. Here is the only pic I could find of it: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=dent+auto+theatre

robboehm
robboehm on September 26, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I presume that is the back of the screen? It almost looks like a full building from this shot. Was there any seating other than the auto? Some theatres had bleachers; others had a little structure that sat a couple of dozen people.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

What a great name for a drive-in.Only reason I looked it up too.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2010 at 3:28 am

On a Hot Ohio Muggy night the DENT AUTO DRIVE-In was playing Two kid flicks.“SUPERDAD” at 9:30 and “SON OF FLUBBER” at 11:25 and I guess the kids were still up again at 12:45 am.All this on August 9 1974. Glad I saved old movie pages out of newspapers.

Joeallen
Joeallen on September 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

No, that is the back of the screen. That’s what you saw as you drove past it on Harrison Ave. It did not have bleachers, but it had a rather large play area for kids with swing sets, slides, etc. All gone now, though.

Vanna
Vanna on November 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Wow, what a memory! I remember playing on the swing set with my cousins when our families met there. We had a great time. I can stll smell the popcorn! Those were fun times!

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