Drive-In Theater Brings Nostalgic Family-Friendly Fun

Drive-In Theater Brings Nostalgic Family-Friendly Fun

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Eating popcorn and watching the big screen isn’t reserved for indoors. Drive-in theaters are a place where kids and adults can enjoy this nighttime ritual under the stars. Here are a few things to consider before you head to the theater:

1. Carloads of Movie-goers Many drive-in theaters charge per car, rather than per person. So if you are meeting up with some friends, travel together.

2. Be Food-Wise When going to the drive-in, there are many concessions to try — that’s not the typical moviegoer fare. If you decide to pack up a snack or two for the kids, most theaters charge a fee to bring in food or don’t allow it altogether.

3. Etiquette Matters  There is a list of rules that comes with going to the drive-in to ensure a pleasant and safe time. While many theaters broadcast the movie’s sound on a FM station rather than a speaker pole near each parking space, they still want patrons taking only one spot per car. Also, it’s customary to set up camp outside with blankets or chairs — but do so in front of the car, not between the cars parked next to you. Lastly, make sure to turn off the brake lights or keep car lights dim, so as not to disturb others around you.

4. Keep Fido at Home Some drive-ins allow dogs to visit, but check the policy first. If you are able to bring your dog, make sure to have water — and pet waste bags.

Places to Catch a Movie

Aut–O–Rama Twin Drive–In Theatre

33395 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville

Blue Sky Drive–In Theater

959 Broad St., Wadsworth

Magic City Drive–In Theater

5602 S. Cleveland -Massillon Road, Barberton

Mayfield Road Drive–In Theater

2100 SR 322, Chardon

Midway Twin Drive–In Theater

SR-59, half a mile east of Kent

About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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