Magic City Drive-In

5602 S. Cleveland Massillon Road,
Barberton, OH 44203

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NeonMichael on December 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

From the Magic City’s About Us page: The Magic City Drive-In was built and opened by Vince Lauter (West Theatre) and Lou Ratener (Montrose Drive-In) in 1953 as a single screen drive-in. It was sold just a few years after opening to Selected Theaters who added a second screen in the mid seventies. Gary Greive purchased it in 1980. Capacity 700 cars. Two screens which both face west. There is a special projection booth at the back of the lot to handle screen 2. Radio sound.

I’m always surprised when a drive-in’s current owners can get its history so wrong. Rivest266’s grand opening ad proves the real date. The 1952 Theatre Catalog listed it, capacity 400, owned Vincent Lauter.

rivest266 on April 23, 2016 at 7:02 pm

June 22nd, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section. The State in Cuyahoga Falls also opened on the same day and the first listings for the Auto Voice Drive-In appeared on June 23rd.

Chris1982 on October 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

The Magic City Drive-In is fully digital.

dagwood on December 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

If I lived closer I would volunteer to paint the sign like it used to be. What was it anyway? There’s no old pics to post? I’d like to see what it used to look like.

markp on July 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Was just out in Ohio this past week. Did not get a chance to go to this drive-in because it rained every night. Newspaper ads in the Akron-Beacon Journal stated that this drive in has all digital projection.

TLSLOEWS on May 10, 2010 at 12:21 am

Nice photos posted by Chuck.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Reminds me of the COMMERCE drive-in in Commerce, Georgia it is on CT go read about that TRIPLE or the FUN-LAND in Tampa it is on CT. How can you watch a flick when you can SEE the other screen. Well, they are called “PASSION PITS”.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 15, 2010 at 11:08 pm

In 1956 it parked 400 cars and was owned and operated by OHIO THEATRE SERVICE.

markp on March 12, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Went to see the second Flintstones movie here in the early 2000’s. Real nice place, although the 2nd screen is small. Good eats.