Holiday Auto Theatre

1816 Old Oxford Road,
Hamilton, OH 45013

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Holiday Auto Theatre (Official)

Additional Info

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Hamilton Outdoor Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 513.929.2999

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Holiday Auto Theatre

The Holiday Auto Theatre is a drive-in that opened on September 3, 1948 as the Hamilton Outdoor Theatre. The name was changed in 1951 to Holiday Auto Theatre. This drive-in has a capacity for 850 cars and is open all year.

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kencmcintyre on May 22, 2006 at 3:04 pm

This theater may be gone soon, according to this article:

hanksykes on June 16, 2007 at 1:53 pm

Recent death of owner Charles"Fred"Baum on Memorial Day 2007 at age 64 has not left the Holiday Auto Theatre with a dark screen. Current co-owner Gregory Reinhold and The Holiday employees continue to operate this venue as Fred would have wished, even though Baum put the Drive -In up for sale in 2006. This is Butler County’s only remaining Drive-In which Baum had purchased in 1995. At least the theatre is open for the summer season.

tgilkey on October 17, 2008 at 8:31 pm

This Drive in is alive and well and does great business in the Cincinnati area. 2 gentleman looking for a drive in to operate found it in a national real estate listing and purchased it. They have kept up the year round films that Mr. Baum did and sometimes have retro weekends and special horror or other theme films all through the night. They are commited to keeping the place going. It is very family oriented as well.

oxtown on August 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

The Holiday is still doing well in 2011…a link to their website:

Hellvis on December 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I love going here…still going strong and shows first run double features!…sometimes triple features.

rivest266 on February 5, 2014 at 3:37 pm

September 3rd, 1948 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section.

Chris1982 on September 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm

The Holiday has made the conversion to digital projection.

cholt on March 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

Still a lot of fun and going strong! Affordable night out compared to the larger cinemas.

MichaelKilgore on July 31, 2017 at 2:46 pm

My sources are more confused than usual, possibly due to the cross-ownership between the Holiday’s owners and the owners of other drive-ins in Hamilton. Here are my notes from the Theatre Catalog and Motion Picture Almanac.

TC 1948-49: Hamilton Outdoor, Louis Aldt, 350

TC 1949-50: Hamilton Outdoor, L. E. Ott, 400

TC 1952: Outdoor DI, Marc Cummings and Ben Cohen, 400

MP 1953-54: Hamilton Outdoor, Theater Owners Corp., 350

TC 1955-56: Holiday Auto DI, Ben Cohen, 400

MP 1959: Hamilton Outdoor, L. Olt, 350

MP 1963: Hamilton Outdoor, L. Olt, 350 -and- Holiday Auto, 350

MP 1969-76: Holiday, 350

MP 1982: Holiday Auto, Holiday Amu., 485

MP 1984-88: Holiday Auto, Holiday Amuse. (which also owned the Colonial and Valley in Hamilton)

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Drive-In 54 on July 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm

I need to get the overview written for the Holiday Auto Theatre.

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