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Riverside Auto Theatre

5800 Riverside Dr
Dublin OH

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #8494  
 Opened: June 25, 1940
 Closed: 1976
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
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Current Organ: none
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When Frank Yassenoff opened the Riverside on June 25, 1940, it was the first drive-in in Columbus. Tickets cost 30 cents each.

In its first months of operation, it changed sound configurations several times. Starting with giant speakers atop the screen, then speakers on posts for every two cars, and then speakers for every car. The Riverside was also the first in Columbus to install in-car heaters.


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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 3/6/2014.

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