Scioto Breeze Drive-In

9959 US 23,
Lucasville, OH 45648

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Previously operated by: Chakeres Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Scioto Breeze Auto Theatre

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Scioto Breeze Drive-In

The Scioto Breeze Auto Theatre opened on August 1, 1949, featuring “Coroner Creek” with Randolph Scott. In addition to the movie, there were also news and cartoons clips. Admission to the movie was 50 cents. Raymond, Maurice, Eugene Lewis along with Harry M. Riddle opened the auto theatre on a nine acre parcel of land owned by Carl Schisler. It had a capacity of 400 cars, Autocrat in-a- car speakers, and Century Projection Equipment supplied by the Dayton Film Company. The screen tower was constructed with wood, which was common in the 1940’s drive-in theater screen construction. In the 1950’s, they had a stage where they presented musical acts and other shows. On September 29, 1952 a Jackie Teeters who was high pole artist fell 137 feet to her death.

On January 1954, Scioto Auto Breeze Inc. was formed by Albert Boudouris and Louis P. Romanoff to purchase the auto theater and parcel for $55,000. Boudouris remodeled the theatre and enlarged the parking ramp. He added 300 electric in-car heaters for year long operation in 1957. He also owned the Waverly Drive-In, Waverly, Ohio and was the operator for the Columbia indoor theatre. He could not make a go of the Waverly Drive-In and the Columbia Theatre, so he sold the Waverly Drive-In and closed the Columbia indoor theatre in 1962. Albert Boudouris (Theater Operating Co.) also owns and operates the Franklin Park Drive-In, Miracle Mile Drive-In and Maumee Drive-In from the Toledo area.

On February 24, 1956, a strong wind gust blew down the original wooden screen tower. It was rebuilt with a steel and concrete screen tower. On May 24, 1963, that screen tower was blown down also. Work started in June 1963, to replace it with a new 158 ft. wide and 84 ft. tall Selby screen, at a cost of $24,000. The new screen tower has been rated to withstand wind gusts over 100 mph. In 1975, Chakeres Theatres Inc. from Springfield, Ohio, bought the Scioto Breeze Drive-In. Various improvements were made over the years, including a FM sound system in 1981 and it was twinned in 1986. The Scioto Breeze Drive-In finally closed in 2009. In the fall of 2018 the two screens and marquee are still standing.

Contributed by Randy Studer

Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

davidcoppock on May 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm

Why the name Scioto Breeze?

TomMc11 on May 26, 2018 at 10:43 pm

Because it was just east of the Scioto River. Scioto is an Iroquois Indian word meaning “Deer.”

davidcoppock on May 27, 2018 at 1:46 am

Is there a breeze(or wind) that blows accross the Scioto River?

TomMc11 on December 17, 2018 at 11:03 am

Somewhere between 2011 and 2013 the Concession Stand/Projection Booth was demolished, but as of a June 2018 Street View both screens and the marquee are still standing.

jwmovies on January 16, 2019 at 11:36 pm

The address for this theater is next to the church at 10073 US-23, Lucasville, OH 45648. The address above is incorrect. Screens and ramps are still visible.

Please update.

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Drive-In 54 on January 17, 2019 at 6:30 am

9959 US 23, Lucasville, OH 45648 Works just fine!!!

dansdriveintheater on April 7, 2021 at 10:49 am

this one could easily be reopened with some work!

Kenmore on April 7, 2021 at 11:25 am

A new projection booth/concession stand would have to be built along with installing new electrical services. Otherwise, some landscaping is needed along with screen maintenance if someone wanted to reopen it.

Coleen on June 5, 2022 at 6:51 am

My father was Raymond Lewis. His brother Maurice Eugene Lewis and Harry Riddle were partners in the construction and running of the Sciota Breeze. My father and mother and I lived at the back of the property in a trailer. The concession stand’s rooftop was used for Grand Ole Opry stars Daddy would book to perform. Harry Riddle owned wood mill that supplied the lumber to build the first tower. Vivid memories of precious time in our lives.

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Drive-In 54 on June 5, 2022 at 8:18 am

Have any early pictures of it Coleen?

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