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Friday, June 19, 2020

It’s Showtime!


CLE on the Cheap is back after an unplanned hiatus. And tonight, while it might not be safe to go back in the water, it is safe to go to the drive-in to see “Jaws.”


The Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre in North Ridgeville reopened last week with new rules to accommodate social-distancing requirements. The throwback theater is showing throwback movies “Jaws” and “Shrek” at 9:40 p.m., “Despicable Me” (in 3D) at 11:30 p.m. and “Jurassic Park” at 11:55 p.m.


Admission is $10 for people 12 and older and $5 for everyone else. Among the changes you’ll find on the drive-in’s website is its policy about outside food. Patrons are allowed to bring in their own food for the time being. However, concessions are available at a walk-up window and contactless payments are an option.


Tickets are available here and at the box office.


You might have watched more than your share of movies at home the past few months, but the drive-in offers a different experience. It’s a chance to get out while having little or no contact with other people. And not everyone has this option. The Aut-O-Rama Twin on Lorain Road is one of just 24 drive-in theaters still open in Ohio. 


Another one of those 24 is the Mayfield Road Drive-In Theatre in Chardon. It’s closed tonight for a private event, but it will show “Jaws” at 9:20 p.m. and “Jurassic Park” at 11:40 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.


Admission is $20 per carload and can be paid here. Outside food is allowed, but a food permit must be purchased for $8 per car per visit. Bottled water is allowed in at no charge. Concessions will have separate walk-up windows for ordering and pickup.