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With the exceptions of the link to the Kiddieland photos,

and the link to the Roller Rinks history page,

the rest of this page is a bit of history about Drive-In Theaters.

(If one/both of the above links won't work, it's because they've removed one/both of the pages.)

 

Last Updated 12/04/10

 

I'm sorry I couldn't find a lot of photos for this page.

The links shown are to acknowledge the pages where I found the info.

To save your having to go to each one, I copied the info.

 

Didn't we ALL go to the North Avenue, Sky-Hi or Harlem Avenue drive-in theaters?

 

12/04/10 – Jerry Williams added a fun It’s Intermission Snack Bar poster, universal to all drive-ins.

12/04/10 – Jerry Williams added posters from the North Avenue, Harlem Avenue, and 66 drive-ins.

 

 

10/07/09 – Jerry Williams added photos of the North Avenue Rollerway, below.

 

7/13/09 – Jerry Williams shows us the way to 2 of those theaters

 

 

 

Who could forget hanging one of these from your window?

 

 

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/5370/

North Avenue Outdoor

River Grove, IL

1901 River Road

River Grove, IL 60171 United States

(map)

Status:

Closed/Demolished

Screens:

Single Screen

Style:

Unknown

Function:

Unknown

Seats:

1000

Chain:

Unknown

Architect:

Unknown

Firm:

Unknown

 

Add a photo for this theater!

Opened in early 1949, one of the earliest drive-in theaters in the Chicago suburbs, the North Avenue was located on River Road at North Avenue in River Grove. It could accomodate about 1000 cars and was originally part of the Essaness circuit.

The North Avenue closed in 1973, and was afterward demolished, the property acquired by Triton College.

 

 

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/24861/

Sky-Hi Drive-In

Elmhurst, IL

Butterfield Road & Roosevelt Road

Elmhurst, IL 60126 United States

(map)

Status:

Closed/Demolished

Screens:

Single Screen

Style:

Unknown

Function:

Unknown

Seats:

Unknown

Chain:

Unknown

Architect:

Unknown

Firm:

Unknown

 

Ski-Hi Drive-In in Elmhurst, Illinois: An advertisement from the Chicago Sun-Times dated November 23, 1963. Page 37

An advertisement from the Chicago Sun-Times dated November 23, 1963. Page 37 

The Sky-Hi Drive-In opened in 1948 and had space for 450 cars.

 

 

The Sky-Hi Drive-In later moved to Addison.

 

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/4893/

Harlem Avenue Outdoor

4101 N. Harlem Avenue

Norridge, IL 60706 United States

(map)

Status:

Closed/Demolished

Screens:

Single Screen

Style:

Unknown

Function:

Unknown

Seats:

Unknown

Chain:

Unknown

Architect:

Unknown

Firm:

Unknown

 

Add a photo for this theater!

Opened in 1946, the Harlem Outdoor Theater (also known as the Harlem Avenue Outdoor Theater) was the second drive-in theater to open in Chicagoland. It stood at the intersection of Harlem Avenue and Irving Park Road. With room for more than 1000 cars, and a large screen with the theater's name illuminated in huge letters, the theater was quite a sight to see, in what was then mostly undeveloped land situated between Chicago and what would become the suburb of Norridge.

The Harlem remained in business until 1976, and was demolished soon after closing to make way for further retail development (the drive-in sat directly across Harlem Avenue from the Harlem Irving Plaza shopping center, known locally as "The HIP").

 

 

Here Is A GREAT Link For History On

BOTH The North Avenue Rollerway and The Hub

 

 http://www.orbitskate.net/Hub/

 

Thanks To Jerry Williams For The Following Photos

 

Remember These From The North Avenue Rollerway?

 

 

Remember These From The Hub?

The Hub Wurlitzer That Lean Berry Played.

 

    

         The Sign Out On Harlem Avenue         The Decal For Your Skate Case      Tickets (Duhhh)

 

Here's A YouTube Video Of Leon Berry, Playing With His Organ :-)  I Believe He Bought It When

The Rink Closed.  He Calls It 'The Beast In The Basment' And Made An Album Of The Same Name

 

 

-A Great American Tragedy, Kiddieland Closed After 80 Years, 09/30/09-

08/17/09 - Tom Buettner provided the following newspaper clippings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here Is A GREAT Link To Photos Of Kiddieland

Another Walk Down A Fun Memory Lane


http://www.flickr.com/groups/442708@N24/pool/

 

 

   

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