National Drive-in Museum
Save Our Screen is launching a national campaign to collect, preserve, and honor the historic importance of Drive-in Americana culture.
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with your help!
Rise and Decline of the Drive-in
Between 1941 and 1955, Lucas County residents could select from eight different drive-ins to visit: Lake Erie/Maumee (1941), Telegraph (1946), Toledo/Franklin Park (1946), Parkside/Sundance Kid (1949), East Side/Woodville/Butch Cassidy (1949), Jesse James (1953), Miracle Mile (1954), and the Star-Lite (1955).
As indoor cinemas became commonplace and the population of Northwest Ohio began to sprawl outward looking to purchase land, the Toledo Drive-Ins began to close starting with the Star-Lite Drive-In located on Monroe Street in Sylvania in 1969, and the majority of drive-ins closing in the 1980s.
Northwest Ohio was not alone...
At the peak of the Drive-in Americana Era - the U.S. had over 4,000 drive-in theaters from coast-to-coast.
Unfortunately, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association (UDITOA), only 318 drive-ins are still in operation today, even while drive-ins remain one of the most important pieces of modern American history.