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10 classic drive-in theaters worth the detour

By: Matt Hickman on July 26, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre, Warren, Ohio

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Elm Road Triple Drive-In Theatre, Warren, Ohio

The marquee alone earns Ohio’s Elm Road Triple Drive-In a spot on the list. Really, just look at it … it’s a thing of beauty.

Family-owned since its opening day in 1950, the Elm Road Drive-In started out as a single-screener, with two additional screens being added in 1979 and 2005. Other than that, it’s a pretty straightforward seasonal operation with the standard rules and regulations employed by most drive-ins (no sitting on the roofs of cars, no screen switching, no booze, no overtly obnoxious behavior, etc.) and speaker poles still fully intact.

Bringing in your own comestibles tacks on an extra $5 for a food permit on top of the $8 ($4 for kids) admission charge, but with the option to feast on fried pickles, perogies with sour cream, apple dumplings and hand-dipped ice cream, packing a picnic basket doesn’t seem entirely necessary.