Indulge in old-school nostalgia at these Miami Valley drive-in movie theaters

For over two months, movie theaters have been closed to the public — and for film buffs and restless families alike, the absence of the movie theater experience (raise your hand if you miss movie theater popcorn) is wholly felt after months of quarantining.

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However, thanks to a handful of local drive-in movie theaters, those in the Miami Valley can now enjoy their favorite movies from the safety of their cars. Aside from quenching a thirst for cinema, drive-in theaters also provide a fun, nostalgic experience that is reminiscent of summers past.

Want to have your own drive-in movie theater experience? We’ve rounded up all of the local drive-ins, along with their relevant coronavirus-related policies, to give you a head start on your summer.

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📽🍿Dixie Twin Drive-In

Dixie Twin Drive-In Theatre.  Dayton, Ohio.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Dixie Twin Drive-In Theatre. Dayton, Ohio. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

This drive-in sticks to a traditional 1950s aesthetic and has two screens, one 120’ by 52’ and the other 100’ by 65’. The grounds are tree enclosed and fit 900 vehicles comfortably.

The drive-in will be open from Tuesday through Sunday each week, with showtimes announced approximately a week before they premiere at Dixie Twin Drive-In.

Concession stands will still be open, but guests are encouraged to keep their social distance. All employees will be wearing masks, as well.

Where: 6201 N. Dixie Drive, Dayton

Hours: Now open for the season. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Box office opens one hour prior to start time.

Cost: $10 Adults | $5 Children 5-12

Show times and more info: WebsiteFacebook

Bonus: every Sunday in May through October is the Paris Flea Market from 6 A.M. to 12 P.M.

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📽🍿Melody 49 Drive-In

This drive-in is now featuring all digital movies on two screens and re-opens on Friday, May 29.

Where: 7606 Pleasant-Plain Road, Brookville

Hours: Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Show times and more info: WebsiteFacebook

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📽🍿Holiday Auto Theatre

Hamilton High School graduates celebrated their commencement by viewing a pre-taped graduation ceremony at Holiday Auto Theatre drive-in Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020. Many schools have had to come up with uniuque ways to celebrate graduation while still adhering to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF
Hamilton High School graduates celebrated their commencement by viewing a pre-taped graduation ceremony at Holiday Auto Theatre drive-in Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020. Many schools have had to come up with uniuque ways to celebrate graduation while still adhering to social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

This 60-year-old drive-in is home to one screen and 850 car spots. Holiday Auto Theatre is open every day throughout the week, except for days that the venue hosts private events. To ensure that all customers remain safe during their time at the drive-in, the Holiday Auto Theatre is operating at 50 percent capacity and grassy areas that served as gathering places prior to the pandemic are now off limits. For a full list of coronavirus-related policies, visit their website.

Where: 1816 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton

Hours: Open all week long. Movies begin at varying times.

Cost: $9.25 Adults | $5.50 Children 4-11 | Free children 3 and under

Show times and more info: WebsiteFacebook

📽🍿Sidney Auto-vue Drive-In

Guide to Dayton's Drive-In Theatres
Guide to Dayton's Drive-In Theatres

Credit: Sidney Auto Vue

Credit: Sidney Auto Vue

The Sidney Auto-vue Drive-In will re-open to the public beginning on Friday, June 5. Showtimes for the opening weekend have yet to be announced. The drive-in will be offering online concession ordering through the FanFood app to limit contact at the concession stands. Additionally, to allow for social distancing, the drive-in will be operating at 50 percent capacity. In the meantime, the Sidney Auto-vue Drive-In will be working with the health department to ensure that all precautions possible are put in to place to keep customers safe.

Where: 1409 4th Ave, Sidney

Cost: $8 Adults | $3 Kids 5-11 | Free Children 4 and under

More info: WebsiteFacebook

📽🍿Starlight Drive-In

Guide to Dayton's Drive-In Theatres
Guide to Dayton's Drive-In Theatres

Credit: Starlight Drive-In Facebook

Credit: Starlight Drive-In Facebook

The Starlight Drive-In, located in Maria Stein, will also be opening to the public on Friday, June 5. That weekend, the drive-in will be showing “Trolls World Tour.” The show will begin at dusk. The box office opens at 8:45 p.m.

Where: 1889 US 127, Maria Stein

Hours: Call 419-925-4944

Cost: $6 Adults | $2 Kids 12 and under

More info: WebsiteFacebook

📽🍿Starlite Drive-In (Amelia)

Until traditional movie theaters are open to the public, many local drive-in theaters across the Miami Valley are filling the void with worry-free, nostalgic experiences.
Until traditional movie theaters are open to the public, many local drive-in theaters across the Miami Valley are filling the void with worry-free, nostalgic experiences.

Since May 1, the Starlite Drive-In in Amelia (located just outside of Cincinnati) has been open to the public. To ensure the safety of their guests, the drive-in has implemented new policies, like online ordering for movie tickets and concession stand food, that make it easier to avoid contact with others. To view the full list of the drive-in's coronavirus policies, head to their Facebook page.

To view showings and purchase tickets, pay a visit to the Starlite Drive-In's website.

Where: 2255 St. Rt. Ohio-125, Amelia

Hours: Hours vary; check website periodically for updates

Cost: $9 Adults | $5 Kids 4 - 11 | Free Children 3 and under | $7.50 Seniors 60+ and Active Military