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Rose City Drive-In will get new life in Wayne County

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Paul Cole, a lifelong resident of Newark, has acquired the Rose City Drive-In property at 5418 Rt. 31 with plans to reintroduce movies and other entertainment to the community.


The original 100-by-45-foot screen remains intact, and Cole has already begun investing in the property to prepare it for a new generation of families.

The long-vacant facility will see a new concession stand, restrooms, a modern digital projection system, and other amenities added, with the goal of opening by spring 2024. The revamped drive-in will showcase blockbuster movies and host events aimed at expanding recreational options for the Wayne County region.

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

Additional features planned for the site include a stage for concerts, a pavilion for car shows, farmers markets, private party events, swap meets, and more.