Jolly Roger Drive-In
11141 Canal Road,
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The short lived and pirate themed Jolly Roger Drive-In opened on September 15, 1967, screening the comedy/romance “Barefoot in the Park” with Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Charles Boyer and Mildred Natwick. The second feature was the 1966 comedy/drama “Alfie” with Michael Caine, Shelly Winters and Millicent Martin. It was opened by Sam Levin dba Roger Inc. and Levin Services from Dayton, OH. Levin Services were also operating the Feguson Hills Drive-In along with several other drive-in theatres in the Dayton, OH area. Car capacity was 1,600 cars with in-a-car speakers and in-a-car heaters. It was advertsised as being open all year. The screen tower featured a screen that was 120ft wide. The entrance to the drive-in was called Gangplank Road and at the end of it was a 65ft replica of an old Caribbean seas fort that was the ticket offices. The refreshment stand was decorated in a pirate motif and all the theatre personnel wore pirate costumes. In the 1970’s the Jolly Rogers flea market opened.
Levin Services only leased the property for ten years with the option to buy in at the end of the lease. In 1977, times were changing in the drive-in theatre business, so Levin Services decided not to exercise the option to buy the property. The Jolly Roger Drive-In closed at the end of the 1977 season and it is now a UPS Customer Service Center.
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