Remember the days when a “good time” consisted of root beer floats, drive-in movies and a game of bowling with your friends? If you thought the 1950s were long gone in Ohio, think again. The following are just 10 of the many (fully functioning) retro places in Ohio that will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back in time a few decades.
1. Mahall's 20 Lanes (Lakewood)
This Cleveland area karaoke bar, bowling alley and restaurant was founded in 1924, and is still home to some of the state's most nostalgic entertainment. Mahall's is located at 13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107.
2. Skyview Cruise-In (Lancaster)
Looking to have a nostalgic date night or a family fun movie experience the kids aren't used to? The Skyview Drive-In in Lancaster is just one of Ohio's several great drive-in movie theaters that will give you a special sort of movie night you won't forget. Skyview is located at 2420 E. Main St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
3. Diner 23 (Waverly)
This local favorite will charm the first-timer and regular alike with its 1950s atmosphere. Diner 23 is located at 300 West Emmitt Ave., Waverly, OH 45690.
4. Cavalier Skating Rink (Chillicothe)
An authentic 1950s roller rink, this family owned and operated establishment is just one of Ohio's oldest skating rinks left. Cavalier Skating Rink is located at 14978 Pleasant Valley Rd., Chillicothe, OH 45601.
5. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl (Zanesville)
Zanesville's own old-time ice cream parlor, features old-fashioned soda fountains and a 1940s vibe that's hard to come by these days. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl is located at 532 Mc Intire Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701.
6. Madison Bowl (Cincinnati)
Since 1957, family and friends have experienced good times at this retro contemporary bowling joint. Madison Bowl is located at 4761 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227.
7. Elm Road Drive-In Theatre (Warren)
"See the Stars Under the Stars" here at this family favorite drive-in, which was established in 1950 and continues to be family owned and operated. Elm Road Drive-In is located at 1895 Elm Rd., Warren, OH 44483.
8. Cruisin’ 50s Diner (Mentor)
Play your favorite tune on the jukebox, grab a seat at the 1950s style counter and order yourself the perfect cheeseburger at this retro joint in Mentor. Cruisin' 50s Diner is located at 8807 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060.
9. Boyd’s Retro Candy Store (Toledo)
Specializing in 1950s, 60s and 70s candy, you're sure to find your favorite candy past time here. Boyd's Retro Candy Store is located at 954 Phillips Ave., Toledo, OH 43612.
10. Brookpark Skateland (Brook Park)
Still going after 53 years, this family owned and operated roller rink features northern Ohio's largest skating surface and nostalgic fun the whole family can enjoy. Brookpark Skateland is located at 13445 Brookpark Road
Brook Park, OH 44142.
Have you visited any of these establishments yourself? What other retro places are there in Ohio that sincerely make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time? Share your experiences and photos with us in the comments below!