Bethel is a village in Clermont County, Ohio, United States. The population was 2,637 at the 2000 census. Bethel was founded in 1798 by Obed Denham, in what was then the Northwest Territory. The village has been dry since the repeal of Prohibition. But recently through use of the single precinct vote system, precincts A and C can now sell (but not serve) alcohol. Business must first be put onto the ballot and voted into permitation. Bethel is the home of the first movie theater in Ohio which was founded by Aaron Little in 1908. It is home to the StarLite Drive-In, one of the few remaining drive-in theatres in the United States.