Melody Cruise-In

4025 E. National Road,
Springfield, OH 45505

1000 cars

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc.

Functions: Church

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Melody Cruise-In

Opened March 7, 1947 with Leo Gorcey in “Bowery to Baghdad” & Spencer Tracy in “Northwest Passage”. By 1955 it was operated by Chakeres Theatres, the Melody Cruise-In showed first run movies throughout the Summer season, but only opened on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Located just down the street from Chakeres Cinema 10 and the closed Show Boat Drive-In, the Melody Cruise-In was Springfield’s last drive-in. It was closed in 2016.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Chris1982 on October 2, 2014 at 5:45 am

Chakeres lists this on their website as the Melody Cruise-In. This like all Chakeres theatres has been converted to digital projection.

TomMc11 on May 24, 2017 at 5:36 am

Status should be changed to Closed. It, along with the Skyborn in Fairborn and the Wilmington did NOT open for the 2016 season, and are currently not opening in 2017.

Keith on June 17, 2018 at 12:17 am

Church services are being held every Sunday at 8 a.m. until Labor Day.

dansdriveintheater on October 21, 2018 at 8:02 pm

the drive-in across the street was called the showboat drive-in also you have an extra screen listed than what is there it has only ever had one screen there was never two screens.

davidcoppock on October 22, 2018 at 5:11 am

Opened on 7/3/1947 with “Bowery to Bagdad” and “Southwest passage”. Closed in 2016. A church (St. John Lutheran) holds church services here in summer.

davidcoppock on October 22, 2018 at 5:11 am

Did it close because they couldn’t afford a digital projector?

dansdriveintheater on October 25, 2018 at 1:19 am

my bad it does have two screens!

MichaelKilgore on March 18, 2021 at 8:50 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 14, 1953: “A number of improvements are planned at the Melody Cruise-In before its reopening next spring, according to Michael H. Chakeres, general manager of the Springfield Theatres Co. A 65-foot-wide screen will be installed, along with about 100 more speakers, at the airer on Route 40 east of Springfield.”

MichaelKilgore on April 8, 2021 at 3:23 am

Boxoffice, July 5, 1947: “SPRINGFIELD — Clark county’s first drive-in theatre, Melody Cruise-In, opened July 2 at a site a mile and a half east of Springfield on U.S. 40. The drive-in has a 500-car capacity. It is owned by Raymond K. Stout of Dayton. Manager is E. G. Babb, Springfield. ‘The theatre will operate on four changes a week. Bookings are handled by “Woody” Bressler of Cincinnati.”

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