Valley Auto Theatre

5317 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road,
Barberton, OH 44203

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Previous Names: Al-Stan Auto Theatre

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Valley Auto Theatre

The Al-Stan Auto Theatre opened May 29, 1948, with 1945 biography “The Great John L.” with Linda Darnell and Gregg McClure. The second feature was the action-drama from 1945 “Song of the Wyoming” with Eddie Dean. The Auto Theatre was opened by S. Fritz, Overko and Fritz. Co-Operative Theatres of Ohio was the buying and booking agency. In February of 1949, the Al-Stan partnership was dissolved, the property and equipment was put up for sale.

In April 1949, Vince Lauder who was operating the Magic Drive-In reopened the Al-Stan Auto Theatre and renamed it Valley Auto Theatre. He only operated it until the end of the season in 1950. The property is now farm land.

Contributed by Randy Studer

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Drive-In 54 on November 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Added some pictures of the projection booth and parking ramps from 2016. Special thanks go to Gil Travis for finding it and leading the way on the Safari.

TomMc11 on January 10, 2019 at 9:15 am

Looking at Historic Aerials this drive in did not last long at all. It is visible with a screen in 1952, by 1957 the screen was gone so this one lasted less than 10 years. I am amazed you found anything at all on your Safari Drive-In 54!

dallasmovietheaters on January 26, 2023 at 6:33 pm

The Al-Stan Auto Theater’s May 26, 1948, Grand Opening ad with Zachary Scott in “The Southerner” supported by shorts including The Hoosier Hotshots in “Hoosier Holiday” and “Hoosier Holiday” in photos.

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