Waverly Drive-In

12340 OH-104,
Waverley, OH 45690

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Waverly Drive-In

The Waverley Drive-In opened May 15, 1953, screening the 1952 adventure “Aladdin and His Lamp” with Patricia Medina, John Sands and Richard Erdman. The second feature was the 1951 western “The Long Horn” with Wild Bill Elliott and Myron Healey. The new airer was opened by Lee J. Hofheimer and Albert L. Sugarman (dba H&S Theatres from Columbus, OH). In 1954, Hofheimer & Sugarman would dissolve their partnership in owning and operating theatres. H & S Theatres were operating the Waveley Drive-In and the North-Hi Drive-In, in Columbis, OH, along with various indoor theatres in the Columbus area. After the break up, the North-Hi Drive-In was sold to Ethel Miles (dba Miles Theatres). The Waverley Drive-In was sold to Al Boudouris (dba Theatre Operating Co.) from Toledo, OH. Fred Sigler was his business partner in the drive-in. Boudouris was also operating the Scioto Breeze Auto Theatre in Lucasville, OH. Apparently Boudouris could not make a go of the Waverley Drive-In and the Scioto Breeze Auto Theatre. C.E. Trimble took over the leases from both of the drive-ins in May of 1958. The Waverley Drive-In was closed for good at the end of season in September 1959, and the property was sold.

The drive-in was demolished and the property was returned into being a farming field. In 1998, a new Adena Health Center was built on the north end of the property.

Contributed by Randy Studer, Ken Roe

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Kenmore on May 30, 2017 at 9:34 am

Found It!

The address is approximately 12328 OH-104, Waverly, OH 45690 located on the SW side of the town.

Today, it is mostly an open field sitting just to the west of the Adena Health Clinic with no trace of the drive-in remaining. http://tinyurl.com/yckjosdb

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Drive-In 54 on May 30, 2017 at 10:50 am

The address is:12340 OH-104 Waverly, Ohio 45690

I think it closed as the Waverly DI. I’m still researching it. Al Boudouris had his hands into everything back in the day.

TomMc11 on January 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

If this Drive-In closed in 1959 it sure sat well tended for quite some time. There is an Historic Aerial from 1971 that shows the drive-in there and in what appears to be pretty good shape, can’t tell if there is a screen though.

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