Show Boat Drive-In

3950 E. National Road,
Springfield, OH 45505

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Show Boat Drive-In

The Show Boat Drive-In located was just east of Springfield, Ohio on East National Road. (US 40). Was just across the road from the Melody Drive-In which closed in 2015. The Show Boat Drive-In was opened on March 6, 1970. It was closed in 1986.

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moviemad on May 31, 2009 at 7:55 pm

This theatre was operated by Ed Parker who also ran the North Star Drive In outside Dayton, Ohio. Having worked at the Showboat for a couple of years, it being one of the nicer ones. It was busted once for showing X rated films that could be seen from US 40. High fences were installed.
Every July the 4th, being across the highway from each other,both the Showboat and the Melody would offer fireworks and each theatre would stop their films so their customers could watch both sets of fireworks.

alans61377 on March 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

If I remember correctly it was possible to easily see the screen from US Route 40. Also the screen stood for a year or so after the drive-in closed. The ticket booth and concession stand stood for many years and were torn down around 2005 I believe. For many years it was advertised on the sign that it was “Hidden Valley Archers” with a Dayton phone number listed below that. Also an historic house used to sit on the actual property where the Showboat was, but was either moved or torn down around 2005 at the same time the concession stand and ticket booth were removed. The land is currently vacant and weeds have taken over the property.

TheALAN on January 21, 2016 at 5:05 pm

This was the SHOW BOAT Drive-In, not the Showboat! Just look at the above photo. Although the drive-in was never actually demolished, mother nature is doing her part in reclaiming the land! Check out the photo section of this site.

TomMc11 on December 18, 2018 at 8:33 am

This is a video of the current state of the Show Boat that someone posted in early 2018.

Kenmore on April 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm

I’d say the drive-in was demolished. The screen, projection booth/concession stand, ticket booth, and even the house that sat on the property were torn down with the rubble removed. Only the foundations survive.

The screen is not present in a 1994 aerial, so the drive-in must’ve closed earlier.

The entrance is now so overgrown as to be impassible by vehicles. And making it tough for people as well.

rivest266 on April 18, 2022 at 4:39 pm

The Show Boat Drive-In Opened on March 6th, 1970, and the last season was in 1986. Grand opening ad posted.

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