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Drive-in Theatres Midwest


Cascade Drive-in Theatre
West Chicago, IL
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Cascade Drive-in Theatre in West Chicago features a relatively nondescript marquee. However, this ozoner has proved to pull in many cars on a given evening. The theater has been open since 1961.


UPDATE 06/12 : The theater located in the village of West Chicago is still in great shape and open 7 days a week. Many thanks to David B for update. 06-12



Harvest Moon Theatre
Gibson City, IL
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Harvest Moon Drive-in in Gibson City, IL packed the house on a breezy summer night. The snack bars were humming, even while people walked across the street with take-out pizza in their hands.

(Far left) Check out the neon lit marquee at the Harvest Moon Drive-in Theatre in Gibson City.



Elm Road Drive-in
Warren OH
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Travelers taking a drive down the road in Warren, Ohio can't help but notice the magnificent marquee of the Elm Road Drive-In Theatre. Sporting colored block lettering and googie-ish starpoints, this marquee is also quite "brilliant at night".



Belmont Auto Drive-in (Demolished)
Dayton OH
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Another fallen hero of the open-air theatre era, the Belmont Auto Theatre near Dayton, Ohio was recently torn down. Opening in 1947, the Belmont was the first in the area to offer sound to its guests in stereo. Unfortunately, like all good things that don't quite meet the test of time, the Belmont closed in 1997, much to the dismay of its fans.





Diana Drive-in Theatre
Carlinville, IL
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Diana Drive-in marquee
Carlinville, IL
Photo courtesy Don Gardner


Route 66The Diana Drive-in in Carlinville, off one of the old alignments of Route 66, sits forlorn and forgotten. The marquee displays a blank board and the lot is overgrown. The effects of time has taken its toll at this drive-in of yesteryear.


UPDATE 04/06 : Here's a newer photo of the Diana Drive-in marquee. Check out the graffiti that now dominates the sign. 04-06



Dixie Drive-in
Vandalia, OH
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Here is the Dixie Drive-In of Vandalia Ohio. This is the original site of many roadside stories. One fable has it that a roadside warrior's buddy almost impaled himself when he saw this sign. Fact or Fiction? I would circle the latter.












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