Melody Cruise-In Auto Theatre

4025 E. National Road,
Springfield, OH 45505

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Randy A Carlisle
Randy A Carlisle on February 12, 2024 at 7:43 pm

Jan of 2023, showed to be in the process of being demo’d.. By Aug of 2023, it was all gone.. Per Googlemaps. RAC Photography

Keith on November 2, 2022 at 11:06 am

Demolition has begun. New housing will be built.

rivest266 on April 18, 2022 at 12:53 pm

The second screen opened on May 16th, 1980, with yellow speaker posts. the Ramps were not realigned. Grand opening ad posted

rivest266 on April 14, 2022 at 1:37 pm

Grand opening ads posted.

MichaelKilgore on April 7, 2021 at 7:23 pm

Boxoffice, July 5, 1947: “SPRINGFIELD — Clark county’s first drive-in theatre, Melody Cruise-In, opened July 2 at a site a mile and a half east of Springfield on U.S. 40. The drive-in has a 500-car capacity. It is owned by Raymond K. Stout of Dayton. Manager is E. G. Babb, Springfield. ‘The theatre will operate on four changes a week. Bookings are handled by “Woody” Bressler of Cincinnati.”

MichaelKilgore on March 18, 2021 at 1:50 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 14, 1953: “A number of improvements are planned at the Melody Cruise-In before its reopening next spring, according to Michael H. Chakeres, general manager of the Springfield Theatres Co. A 65-foot-wide screen will be installed, along with about 100 more speakers, at the airer on Route 40 east of Springfield.”

dansdriveintheater on October 24, 2018 at 5:19 pm

my bad it does have two screens!

davidcoppock on October 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Did it close because they couldn’t afford a digital projector?

davidcoppock on October 21, 2018 at 9:11 pm

Opened on 7/3/1947 with “Bowery to Bagdad” and “Southwest passage”. Closed in 2016. A church (St. John Lutheran) holds church services here in summer.

dansdriveintheater on October 21, 2018 at 12:02 pm

the drive-in across the street was called the showboat drive-in also you have an extra screen listed than what is there it has only ever had one screen there was never two screens.

Keith on June 16, 2018 at 4:17 pm

Church services are being held every Sunday at 8 a.m. until Labor Day.

TomMc11 on May 23, 2017 at 9:36 pm

Status should be changed to Closed. It, along with the Skyborn in Fairborn and the Wilmington did NOT open for the 2016 season, and are currently not opening in 2017.

Chris1982 on October 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Chakeres lists this on their website as the Melody Cruise-In. This like all Chakeres theatres has been converted to digital projection.

TLSLOEWS on May 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Cool marquee photo ken mc.

rivest266 on August 29, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Lost Memory, what was the name of the old drive on the north side of E. National Road at View link