Mt. Healthy Drive-In
1376 Compton Road,
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The Mt. Healthy Park-In opened August 15, 1947, screening the 1946 Walt Disney animation/live action comedy “Song of the South” with Ruth Warwick, Bobby Driscoll and James Baskett. The new drive-in was opened by Robert W. Tusch (dba Park-In Theatre Inc.) and could park 575 cars with RCA in-a-car speakers. In 1949, Louis Wiethe who was operating a chain of theatres in the Cincinnati area took control of Park-In Theatre Inc. Wiethe remodeled the screen tower and installed new neon letters on the front with a new name Mt. Healthy Drive-In. On April 2, 1949, it reopened screening the 1948 western “Untamed Breed” with Sonny Tufts, Barbarra Britton and George ‘Gabby’ Hayes.
In 1962 the Mt. Healthy Drive-In was sold to Ben Cohen (dba Holiday Amusements Co.) from Hamilton, OH. He increased the capacity to 900 cars. Joanne Cohen, now president of Holiday Amusements Co. closed the Mt. Healthy Drive-In at the end of the 1988 season. She is quoted as saying “We want to get out of the drive-in business”. Cohen said rampant year-round vandalism, property taxes and utility costs have gotten out of sight. The city put in a bid of $250,000 which was accepted and they recieived the property. The drive-in was demolished and it is now commercial & medical offices.
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