Well, Rod and Donna Saunders have “built up” the Field of Dreams Drive-in and folks are coming from all over to give their kids a taste of the 50s, and maybe even a taste of pizza!
Located on St. Rt. 53, just north of Tiffin, the former Tiffin Drive-in has been given a new life with an additional screen, updated equipment, landscaping and renovated concession area and rest rooms. The Saunders (who also operate a Field of Dreams Drive-in in Liberty Center, Ohio) purchased the outdoor theater in late April 2011 and re-opened on Memorial Day.Their son, Denton, is Tiffin’s on-site manager with a staff of 16 part-time employees.
Field of Dreams features first-run films and ticket prices ($7/adults and $4/children and seniors) include a double feature. Those of us who are old enough to remember know the best part of visiting a drive-in was playing with the other kids while waiting for “dusk” and the start of the first film. Field of Dreams boasts a family-friendly environment and provides free games before the show. The irony of an attendant on foot delivering pizza to a car will also not be lost on today’s “immediate gratification” generation.
According to the United Drive-in Theater Owners Association, there are currently 30 drive-ins in Ohio with 48 screens. There are only 374 left in the United States, down from an amazing 4,063 in 1958. For most of our kids, drive-thrus are a way of life, but a drive-in could be a memorable experience.
Other unique features of Tiffin’s hottest new night spot are online reserved parking at a charge of $10 and permission to bring in outside food for a small “permit” fee. For movie times and to subscribe to the Field of Dreams newsletter, visit www.fieldofdreamsdrivein.com or call 877-343-5334.