Westside Drive-In

6130 Mahoning Avenue,
Austintown, OH 44515

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Westside Drive-In

The Westside Drive-In opened June 10, 1948, showing “Down to Earth” featuring Larry Parks and Rita Hayworth. It had a 450 car capacity. The Westside Drive-In was owned by Peter Wellman from Girard, Ohio, who also owned the Northside and Southside Drive-In’s. Peter Wellman was a well known golfer, business man and theatre owner in the Youngstown, Ohio area. In 1950, Associated Drive-In Theatres signed a long term lease with Wellman to operate the Southside, Northside and Westside Drive-In theatres. Wellman continued to operate his own neighborhood indoor theatres himself.

In March of 1964, Youngstown Enterprises Inc. was formed by Blair Mooney (Co-Operative Theaters of Ohio from Cleveland, Ohio) along with Carl Kesler from Youngstown, Ohio. They took over the leases for the Southside, Northside and Westside Drive-ins from Associated Threatres. Youngstown Enterprises Inc. will be operating all four of the Youngstown area drive-ins along with the Ski-Hi Drive-In, up to their closing. In 1969, Wellman Theatres ceased operation. After Peter’s death, his sons decided to get out of the theatre operating business and leased all their indoor theatres to Mooney. At the end of the 1986 summer movie season, the Westside Drive-In was closed for good. The property was redeveloped into a Home Depot and Harbor Freight Tools retail stores.

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Drive-In 54 on September 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

Uploaded some movie ads and pictures. More pictures would be great!!

jwmovies on January 5, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Just curious; Was Harbor Freight at one time an indoor theatre? The structure looks like one…

Ringthane on January 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Just curious — is the theater that shows up at the 14:25 mark in this Youtube video the same place? http://youtu.be/0DPOvY0vqm0?t=14m25s

wolfgirl500 on January 28, 2015 at 9:06 pm

The West Side Drive in in the 1950’s showed mostly “B” pictures.

Lisasimpsonfan on September 23, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Ringhane. Yes that’s the Westside Drive-in in the video. My parents used to take me there when I was a kid all the time.

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