17th Avenue Drive-In

1770 E. 17th Avenue,
Columbus, OH 43219

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Previously operated by: Academy Operating Co.

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17th Avenue Drive-In

The new 17th Avenue Drive-In theatre was located at 1770 E. 17th Avenue between Woodland Avenue and Joyce Avenue. The grand opening was on Thursday, July 19, 1956, as advertised in the Columbus Dispatch. The opening program was Robert Taylor in Billy the Kid", Johnny Weissmuller in “Tarzan Escapes” & Cornel Wild in “The Bandit of Sherwood Forest”. The drive in closed on September 9, 1979 with Rudy Ray Moore in “Disco Godfather”, William Elliot in “Super Dude” (aka Hangup) & “Wild and Dirty”.

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davidcoppock on February 17, 2019 at 6:57 am

Opened with “Billy the kid”, “Tarzan’s escape” and “Bandits of Sherwood Forest”.

Mark_L on February 19, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Theater closing date was 9/9/79, running Disco Godfather, Super Dude and Wild & Dirty.

Timothy L Mayer
Timothy L Mayer on April 14, 2022 at 8:21 pm

Strange. I can remember seeing the ad for the above three movies in the Columbus paper.

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