Retro Tuesdays at the Aut-O-Rama Drive-In Are the Best Way to Spend the Summer


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Sometimes there are experiences worth going the extra mile, like The Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In theater in North Ridgeville.

As audiences grow increasingly frustrated with people talking, texting or bringing their young children to movie theaters with $15 popcorn, the drive-in is a perfect way to catch a new film without having to worry about any of the riff-raff brought on by other people ... or yourself.

But with with incredible resources like the Cinematheque or one of the Cleveland Cinemas theaters to catch the latest flick, it's difficult to convince devout Clevelanders to drive a half hour just to watch a movie from the comfort of their car.

The thing is, visiting the Aut-O-Rama is a magical experience. Built in 1965 by the Sherman family, the drive-in is still owned and operated by the third generation of the Sherman Family. Drive-in theaters were once a staple of Americana, but are now dying out at a rapid rate.

According to a study released by Quartz, as of March there were only 348 drive-in movie theaters in the country, down from 443 theaters in 2000. Drive-in theaters account for only about 1.5 percent of all movie theaters in the country. For comparison, there were over 2400 drive-in theaters in 1980.

Still, the Aut-O-Rama offers a old-school concession stand of delicious treats you couldn't get at your standard theater, complete with the classic "dancing hot dog" commercials between films. Pizza, meatball subs, hamburgers, chicken wings, fries, ice cream, pretzels, nachos and even fried green beans are available making dinner and a movie a one stop shop.

You can catch the latest films on the weekends, but the Aut-O-Rama also offers classic double features for Retro Tuesday as well as a four picture movie marathon around Halloween.

The Retro Tuesday double feature series will begin on June 5 and feature the following films:

June 5: Grease and Fast Times at Ridgemont High
June 12: 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop
June 19: Dirty Dancing and Thelma and Louise
June 26: Stand By Me and The Outsiders
July 10: Blade Runner and Flash Gordon
July 17: Goonies and Gremlins
July 24: Home Alone and Christmas Vacation
July 31: Full Metal Jacket and Platoon
August 7: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade*
August 14: Friday and Next Friday
August 21: Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein
*denotes triple feature

The Aut-O-Rama Drive-In is located at 33395 Lorain Road in North Ridgeville. For showtimes and ticket pricing, check out its website here

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