Twin Drive-In

4660 Reading Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45229

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Twin Drive-In

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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 1949. 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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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

There is an old ad for the Twin on this site:
http://tinyurl.com/df6ahk

Mark_L
Mark_L on October 9, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Ran WINDJAMMER in CINERAMA from 7/20/60 until 8/8/60. Harald Tusberg, Sven Erik Libaek, Kaare Terland from the film sang live. The ad showed a 3-headed CINEMIRACLE camera and had the CINERAMA logo. Advertised as “Only showing in a 4 state area as originally presented at the Capitol Theatre in CINERAMA”. While this was showing on one screen, the other screen was running CIRCUS OF HORRORS and AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN. Source is ads from Cincinnati Enquirer.

Cinerama
Cinerama on February 3, 2010 at 11:52 am

Hi Mark,

I would like to see that ad. I have a web site all about Cinerama and would add the ad to my list of Cinerama theatres – http://cineramahistory.com/ctcineramatheatres.htm

Thanks,

Roland

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm

August 9 1974 NOW SHOWING AT THE TWIN DRIVE-In. “MAGNUM FORCE” which the ad had rated as PG.Which is a typo.It is rated “R”. and second feature is “MACKINTOSH MAN” . Funny,but this same double feature played at the HILLTOP DRIVE-In ,In North Augusta,S.C..

On the second screen is “JOHNNY TOUGH” rated G and “DOBERMAN GANG” rated G.

PaulK
PaulK on June 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

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.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 5, 2012 at 12:46 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
jwmovies on December 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

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
myka1319 on March 20, 2013 at 6:58 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
Mark_L on July 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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

Cinerama
Cinerama on July 7, 2013 at 12:41 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.

http://cineramahistory.com/twindirve-in.htm

Thanks,

Roland

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