Oakley Drive-In

5033 Madison Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45227

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Oakley Drive-In

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I was in Cincinnati a few weeks ago and came across the Oakley Drive-In which originally opened in 1952. It was closed in 2005.

Construction work had begun on the property in 2007, and by 2009, an office block had been built on the parking section, but the screen, marquee and ticket booth were still standing.

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pianoman on June 7, 2006 at 2:03 am

Yep, closed now. I did get a tour of it with my dad one Saturday! They had those really old cameras, like the big blue ones where you put reels of film on the top and bottom. I did get pictures of the marquee, which was great but dull.

lilbriar6 on August 18, 2007 at 9:06 am

For those of you still wanting to enjoy the drive in experience & not happy with the Holiday drive in, there is still the Starlite drive-in on Rt. 125 in Bethel, OH (east of Amelia). (513) 734-4001

QueenCityDisco on October 24, 2007 at 6:41 am

The Oakley was still standing as of June 2007. Construction on some building had begun on the lot but one screen, the ticket booths, and some speaker poles were still standing. You can see pictures of it in its current state here…

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kencmcintyre on February 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Here is a 2002 view of the marquee. XXX refers to the Vin Diesel film, not an adult movie.

Here is a December 2005 article about the redevelopment of the property. Status should be closed, if not closed/demolshed:

blgwc on February 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

My father lived on nearby Oaklawn Drive at one time and he says when it opened the gave or installed speaker to residents who could see the screen from their backyards…anyone know if this is true?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm

It is amazing how many Drive-in Theatres were in this city in 1974. August 9 1974 your OAKLEY Drive-in was playing that horrible movie “BORN LOSERS” which was playing day and date with several other walk-in and Drive-in Theatres. The second feature was a DICK VAN DYKE comedy which shows crazy bookings, “COLD TURKEY” both rated PG.

TLSLOEWS on April 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Thanks again Mike.

CSWalczak on July 9, 2010 at 4:53 am

This page has some pictures of the Oakley Drive-in after new construction had begun; scan down to see them: View link

Joeallen on October 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Read this article about drive-ins. View link

jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 2:58 am

Does not map properly. Use 5027 Madison Road. The screen is south of the dog spa!

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