Twin Drive-In

4660 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Twin Drive-In exterior

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This was a very popular drive-in, the only double drive-in in the Greater Cincinnati area. The screen tower was centrally placed and had a screen on each side. The screens were named Reading Road West theatre which held 950 cars and Ross Avenue East theatre which held 850 cars. Each had their own separate entrances, exits, box offices, concession stands and projection booths. It opened in May 26, 1949 with Betty Grable & Dan Dailey in “When My Baby Smiles At Me”. There was seating provided for 800 walk-in patrons.

Closed in the early-1980’s, after being torn down, it served as a car park lot for a while.

In 1987, National Amusements built the 12-screen Showcase Cinemas Cincinnati complex on the land. It too has now been demolished.

Contributed by Marc Edward Heuck

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PaulK on June 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I grew up next to the Twin on Lawn Ave. When I was really little, it would almost scare me to see the cars come out of the tunnel under the screen towards me. When I was older, I’d just prop myself up in bed (bedroom was in the back of the house)and watch a movie. The angle was wrong and the sound was about a second or so late, but still watchable.

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Drive-In 54 on June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Aerial view from 1970. National Amusements got out the drive-in theater business at the end 1986. They shut down all three of their DI’S in Toledo, Ohio that year. Looking at the 2012 Goggle earth view it looks like the 12 screen theater that replaced the Twin DI was demolished also. Maybe it was of theaters that they had to sell or shut down to pay off there debt?

jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 12:51 am

FYI: The other entrance was at approx. 1800 Ross Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212.

..and yes, The Showcase Cinema that replaced it is now gone too.

myka1319 on March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I only lived a block away, it was my childhood going every weekend with my family. PG films on the reading rd side, R rated films on the norwood side . My main memories of course was seeing Bruce Lee films there & at the end of each film there were lights that came on located at the very top of the screen , swings in front of the theater where kids played until it got dark. Good memories .

Mark_L on July 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

According to the December 1959 issue of INTERNATIONAL PROJECTIONIST, the drive-in was equipped with National 70 (Bauer U2) 70mm projectors.

Cinerama on July 7, 2013 at 3:41 am

Hi Mark,

I would like to see that ad for Cinerama. I have a web site all about Cinerama and would add the ad to the Twin Drive-In.



rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 5:45 am

Cinerama, have a look at

It is the clipping you been looking for.

rivest266 on May 31, 2015 at 8:31 am

May 26th, 1949 grand opening ad in photo section

Cinerama on June 2, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Thanks rivest2666! I’ll add it to the Cinerama web site with my next update.

luluthebeast on July 10, 2015 at 6:01 pm

If I remember right I got to see GODZILLA:KING OF THE MONSTERS here in the late fifties for my birthday. It was raining and wonderful!

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