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Elm Road Drive-In Theatre | by Jack W. Pearce
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Elm Road Drive-In Theatre


1895 Elm Rd. NE

Warren, Ohio 44483


The Elm Road Drive-In Theatre was founded in 1950 by Stephen Hreno and his wife, Mary -- and is now one of less than 400 drive-in theaters still active in the U.S.; and one of only two still open in the Mahoning Valley.


On August 3, 1950, the drive-in opened its doors as a, then typical, single screen, outdoor movie theater. When the business passed to Steve's son Robert in the '70's, he first added a big second screen in 1979. Soon FM stereo through the car radio was added, and then in 2005, a third big screen was added. For 2013 the Theatre has made a commitment for the long haul by installing new Digital Projectors on all 3 of its outdoor screens.


In this regard, the movie industry has spelled doom for many of the remaining outdoor theaters. It will no longer supply the theaters with 35mm film for their old projectors! They will only supply new movies on digital mediums. Unless the theaters invest in very expensive digital projection equipment, they will not be able to show newer movies. Elm Road has made that investment and will be in business for years to come.


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Taken on June 30, 2013