Nightlife in Ashland

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For three decades, the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) has produced premier opera culled from around the world. The OLO attracts 22,000 aria-aficionados annually, to the chagrin of staffers saddled with sweeping up shattered monocles. In recent years, the company has expanded its repertoire to include Broadway staples such as Camelot, Loewe and Lerner’s rumination on the more musical moments of King Arthur’s reign paired with the more dramatic patches of his relationship with the Lancelot-lusting Guinevere. Alternately, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance illuminates the classic tale of a pirate-turned-police-officer’s quest to vanquish vandals of the high seas while winning the unbridled affection of the major-general’s daughter.

1189 Beall Ave
Wooster,
OH
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Voted No. 3 on the 2011 Beacon’s Best for top movie theaters, Lake Cinemas 8 advertises a rotating octet of first-run films on a nostalgic marquee that heralds the refurbished theater's entryway. Viewers settle into comfy seats as they share puffed kernels of corn, sip sodas, and, as the lights dim, recall fond memories of tunneling into bank vaults. Visitors can choose from a selection of popular new releases or anxiously anticipate a bevy of coming attractions.

588 W Tuscarawas Ave
Barberton,
OH
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An old-fashioned pair of comedy and tragedy masks greet drivers pulling up to the marquee of Aut-O-Rama Drive-In. The vintage aesthetic is fitting for an establishment that’s been in business since 1965 and is now in its third generation of being operated by the Sherman family. Although the cinematic lot prides itself on being the first in the area to offer AM-radio sound, today, Dolby FM stereo bathes cars in field-filling acoustics as audiences take in a library of contemporary flicks. From the start of April to the end of September, first-run and well-worn films alike await vehicular cinephiles, who can munch on burgers, subs, and pizza, along with desserts such as ice cream and funnel cake.

33395 Lorain Rd
North Ridgeville,
OH
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Every 20 years our government allows one business to turn every day of the week into a Friday with a series of special calendars printed on stone. Today's Groupon honors the restaurant gubernatorially ordained in 1993 with $20 worth of week-ending cuisine at T.G.I. Friday's for $10. Bring your family, friends, or a group of tourists that follow you because they think you're Jamie Farr to indulge in distinctly Friday fare at a restaurant renowned for delivering the euphoric feeling of having two consecutive days off work.

18400 Royalton Rd
Strongsville,
OH
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Demetri’s Deli serves up mouthwatering sandwiches and Greek-inspired lunch and dinner eats in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. Loaded potato skins fill spud canoes with cheddar, bacon bits, chives, and chopped-pepperoni cargo ($4.99), and the Reuben, Demetri’s specialty, tops USDA Choice corned-beef brisket with thousand-island dressing, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($7.99). Brazen taste explorers can vanquish scrumptious new ground with the Demetri burger, a 10-ounce fresh patty topped with salami, capicola, swiss and provolone cheeses, and tzatziki sauce ($8.25). Vegetable and Platonic enthusiasts alike may find fine rumination with a large greek salad served with a side of homemade dressing, grilled pita, and tzatziki sauce ($5.99) or the sedimentary layers of seasoned ground beef, macaroni, and béchamel sauce in the Pastitsio ($9). Diners can enjoy meals while watching TV or conducting Rorschach tests using the eatery's patterned walls and tiled bar.

4215 Lincoln Way E
Massillon,
OH
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With a diverse clientele, hearty pub eats, and a broad selection of spirits and beers, "Scoundrels always feels alive," according to Patrick Mayock of Metromix Cleveland. While bartenders keep the libations flowing, cooks smoke slabs of ribs in-house, grill half-pound burgers, and bake pizzas in a brick oven. And nearly 20 sandwiches crowd the menu. Outside, the umbrella-covered patio makes for serene dining on a warm summer’s eve. But patrons can get rowdy inside by dancing to the beats of live bands, taking the stage themselves to sing classic karaoke songs, or acting like a bull in a straitjacket.

826 Front St
Berea,
OH
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