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In the late 1950's, Illinois was home to over 120 drive-in theaters. As with all other states, the numbers then began to decline. Currently, Illinois has 10 drive-ins still in operation.

Open Drive-ins

Skyview Drive-in
5700 North Belt West
Belleville, IL 62226

Originally opened as a single scree drive-in, the Skyview Drive-in added a second screen in the 1980's after a severe storm damaged the first screen. ...more about Skyview Drive-in
Route 34 Drive-in
4468 E 12th Rd
Earlville, IL 60518

One of Illinois' last drive-ins, the Route 34 Drive-in is a gem. It's ownership has been handed down from father to son since 1954 when it originally...more about Route 34 Drive-in
Galva AutoVue Drive-in
8 James B. Young Road
Galva, IL 61434

The Galva is Illinois' newest drive-in and one of the newest still in the country. It was opened in 2005, built in an existing cornfield. They are o...more about Galva AutoVue Drive-in
Harvest Moon Drive-in
1123 South Sangamon
Gibson City, IL 60936

Originally a solo screen when it opened in 1954, the Harvest Moon Drive-in became a two screen when it bought a screen from a closed drive-in across t...more about Harvest Moon Drive-in
Skyview Drive-in
1500 Old Rte. 66 N
Litchfield, IL 62056

The Skyview has been in continuous operation for over 65 years and is still going strong. It is the last drive-in along Route 66 in Illinois. Admiss...more about Skyview Drive-in
McHenry Indoor/Outdoor Theater
1510 North Chapel Hill Road
McHenry, IL 60051

The McHenry is a solo screen drive-in showing double features seasonally. They have a parking policy to prevent unobstructed views of the screen. Bi...more about McHenry Indoor/Outdoor Theater
Fairview Drive-in
16045 IL-33
Newton, IL 62448

The most rural of Illinois' remaining outdoor cinemas is located in southern Illinois about 200 miles south of Chicago and 60 miles south of Terre Hau...more about Fairview Drive-in
Route 66 Drive-in
1700 Recreation Drive
Springfield, IL 62711

Originally called the Green Meadows Drive-in Theater when it first opened in 1978, this twin drive-in in central Illinois did not last long and was on...more about Route 66 Drive-in
Midway Drive-in
91 Palmyra Rd
Sterling, IL 61081

The Midway Drive-in is an old fashioned 1 screen venue that has been around since 1949. They have gone digital. The Midway Drive-in prohibits you fr...more about Midway Drive-in
Cascade Drive-in
1100 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

This is the largest drive-in theater in the state of Illinois with a capacity for over 1200 cars. More interesting is the fact that the Cascade has c...more about Cascade Drive-in

Permanantly Closed Drive-ins

Cicero Twin Drive-in
23500 South Cicero Monee
, IL 60449


Hi Lite 30 Drive-in
160 Montgomery Road
Aurora, IL 60504

Having opened shortly after the Second World War, the Hi-Lite 30 was the oldest operating drive-in in Illinois until its closure in 2006. For years i...more about Hi Lite 30 Drive-in
Double Drive-in
2800 W. Columbus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60652

When first opened, the Double Drive-in had two screens. Later they added a third but never changed the name from The Double. It was closed in the la...more about Double Drive-in
Bel-Air Drive-in
3101 Cicero Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804

When the Bel-Air opened, it was a single screen drive-in that could fit 1000 cars making it one of the largest around. They added a second screen lat...more about Bel-Air Drive-in
Clinton Drive-in Theater
IL-54 and Reagan Road
Clinton, IL 61727

It is interesting to note that after the Clinton Drive-in closed, its movie screen was removed and installed at the nearby Harvest Moon Drive-in as th...more about Clinton Drive-in Theater
Grayslake Outdoor Theater
813 East Belvidere Road
Grayslake, IL 60030


The Egyptian Drive-in
3100 Eden Park Drive
Herrin, IL 62948

At one time, the Egyptian Drive-in had the largest drive-in screen in the country. That was 1955 and the screen was 125' wide x 80' tall. The drive-...more about The Egyptian Drive-in
Hilltop Drive-in
1800 Maple Road
Joliet, IL 60432

The Hilltop Drive-in was closed suddenly, for unknown reasons to us, in 2001. The last we checked, the massive screen was still standing and the grou...more about Hilltop Drive-in
Clark 54 Drive-in
19312 US Highway 54
Rockport, IL 62370

The Clark 54 is a very recent closure. It closed in 2014 as the owners could not afford to take the drive-in digital. The current owners had purchas...more about Clark 54 Drive-in
Twin Drive-in
1010 South Milwaukee Avenue
Wheeling, IL 60090


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