Cascade Drive-In

1100 E. North Avenue,
West Chicago, IL 60185

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Cascade Drive-In, West Chicago, IL

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The Cascade Outdoor Theatre opened in 1961, and is one of the only remaining drive-in theaters in the Chicagoland area in operation. It is also the largest in Illinois with parking for over 1,275 cars. It was opened by the Kohlberg Theatres chain, and in 1989, the son of the founder of that chain purchased the Cascade Drive-In and owns and runs it today.

The Cascade Drive-In screens double-features, and is open from April to October, seven nights a week.

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jwmovies
jwmovies on September 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Correct address is 1100 East North Avenue.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I’m surprise it has not been twined yet with a parking ramp that big? Can they fill it ever night? But, since it is the only drive-in left in the area…

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 30, 2012 at 3:33 am

Another article about the options the Cascade is considering as it struggles to meet the digital challenge can be read here.

margo200
margo200 on December 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

When I worked there in the late 60’s to mid 70’s, we would fill the place when we played family movies like Disney. The Charuhaus' were talking then about converting to a twin, but the private sewer system in the back made it difficult. Plus the projection building is in located in row 4 of the 12 row theater.

MPol
MPol on June 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Well, if the smaller, independent, non-profit movie theatres convert to digital projection, it only makes sense that drive-ins, too will have to follow suit if their proprietors wish to keep them open and in business.

arayoflight771
arayoflight771 on July 7, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I went there the other night, drove all the way in front the city only to be threatened and ran after by the security guards! We were sitting many rows back and my boyfriend drives a kia soul (not that big of a car) but rude people sitting in chairs behind us stated they couldnt see AFTER THE FIRST MOVIE WAS ALREADY DONE! We explained to them I had a hard time seeing from far away and there are no other spots available anyways (the place was packed!). I then went to the bathroom during intermission where a security chased after and told me I was trespassing and that he was going to handcuff me! HE GRABBED MY ARM HARD AND I RAN FOR MY LIFE!!! I yelled at him “you cant touch me!” Thankfully my boyfriend was there to put a stop to him and told him to stay away from me, but he threatened to arrest my boyfriend also! We paid $9 per person to be there and they had no right to threaten me, chase me, OR PUT THEIR HANDS ON ME! I was so scared I called the police who came quickly and spoke to the guy. But I was so scared after that he was going to come after me we left the movie theater! WARNING TO PEOPLE WHO GO TO THIS DRIVE IN! DONT GO!

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 20, 2014 at 4:35 am

According to their website the drive-in has made the conversion to digital projection.

Broan
Broan on January 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160123/business/160129472/ The Cascade may be threatened in the future by property owners, over the objections of its operators.

Savage
Savage on October 23, 2016 at 6:20 pm

I’ve gone there many times as a kid in the 80s and 90s ! I really remember going there in the summer of 1989 to go see Batman and cars were backed up all the way to White Castle 2 miles down the road !..Also,seeing an odd double feature:Tango & Cash \Friday The 13th:part 7 a year or two later ..Like ALL drive ins that existed (still to this day)they always have VERY bad food , horrible restrooms ,arcade games that steal your quarters and employees that don’t care if you just spent $20 on rip off arcade games and food that will make you crap blood for the whole summer !.But,This place holds memories!

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on October 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Was there last night 10/21/2017. This drive-in is fine. A lot of people were there. Plenty of places to park. View of the screen is good. (Didn’t check out in the back sections). Sound is good. They have the old style speakers that you can attach to your car window. The bathroom was fine and clean. The people at the concession stand were very friendly. Food was good. Prices were reasonable. If your going there use a Groupon and save some money and get FREE small popcorn. Popcorn was good.
I don’t have any complaints about this drive-in. Only complaints I have are with the people coming in for the second feature while the first movie is playing, some of them drive in with their lights on.

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