Cascade Drive-In

1100 E. North Avenue,
West Chicago, IL 60185

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 20, 2014 at 3:35 am

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

arayoflight771
arayoflight771 on July 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

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!

MPol
MPol on June 10, 2013 at 1:35 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.

margo200
margo200 on December 10, 2012 at 2:53 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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 30, 2012 at 2:33 am

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

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on September 18, 2012 at 3:07 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…

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Correct address is 1100 East North Avenue.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 1:26 pm

August 3rd, 1961 grand opening ad uploaded in the photo section.

krebs
krebs on July 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

MY wife and I went to the drive-in theater last nite (7/30)with our two dogs and had a very nice time. However,according to their web site the first feature was to start a 8 PM and the second feature was to start at 10:05 PM. The first feature did not start until after 9 PM. They should either put the correct information on their website or make announcements at the theater as to the correct starting times.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 28, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Here is part of a September 1989 article from the Illinois Daily Herald:

Jeffrey Kohlberg is a drive-in movie nut. He began working at his father’s drive-in when he was eight years old â€" painting, cutting grass, working the concession stands, picking up golf balls at the driving range that was part of the old 53 Drive-In in Palatine. His dad, Stanford Kohlberg, at one time operated 50 theaters. Today, Kohlberg, 42, is back in the drive-in business after being out of it since 1987, when a Palatine drive-in .that he and his sister, Jarrol Cataldo, rented from their dad, was sold. The two own 53 Drive-In Management Inc., in Lincolnshire, which has operated the Des Plaines Theatre since 1985 and which this year took over operation of the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago.
“The finest drive-in in the U.S.,” Kohlberg calls it, speaking admiringly of how well maintained it was by its previous operator. While it was built in the 1950s, it looks new, he said. “That place is like it’s been in a time capsule all these years,” he said.The previous owner, Spiro Charuhas, sold the drive-in to an investment group when he decided to retire, and Kohlberg was able to lease the theater until some other plan comes along for the land.

margo200
margo200 on May 25, 2007 at 8:00 pm

I worked for Basil Charuhas' son, Spiro (Spike), for 8 summers (and a few very cold winters). I even met my wife of 30 years there. She was a cashier and I was a ramp attendant.

margo200
margo200 on May 25, 2007 at 8:00 pm

I worked for Basil Charuhas' son, Spiro (Spike), for 8 summers (and a few very cold winters). I even met my wife of 30 years there. She was a cashier and I was a ramp attendant.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on February 20, 2007 at 9:49 am

This was the site of my one drive-in visit. I made the effort to go out here and see a movie about six years ago because I figured these places were on their way out. It was pretty cool. People backed up their minvans to the screen, pulled out lawn chairs, tuned the sound in on the radio, and had a picnic. In the distance there was bustling in and out of the seedy concession building while kids jumped around on play structures in front of the screen. The movie towered above us against the night sky, and it was of decent quality. Definitely one-of-a-kind environment in my experience.

rgiannelli
rgiannelli on February 20, 2007 at 8:37 am

I saw E.T. at Cascade and I can say it’s one of my favorite childhood memories. There is something magical about pulling up to Cascade on a warm summer night and getting ready to do what people in the ‘burbs have been doing for over forty years. Get there early, get a good spot. Play some frisbee or throw around the football. Pile into the back of the truck with pillows and blankets and a jug of kool aid. Watch the kids faces as the opening credits roll for the hit of the summer. Nothing like it. Who can resist the flippy hot dog and the dancing ice cream? Not me! I hope Cascade is there for my son’s children, just like it has been for me and my parents.

edwardjourdan
edwardjourdan on August 28, 2006 at 6:09 am

The Ski-Hi Drive-In http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/iltskih Closed in either 1969 or 1970 replaced then by Dispensas Castle of Toys.

mterracciano
mterracciano on August 23, 2006 at 6:00 am

Does anyone remember the name of the drive in on Roosevelt Rd and Route 83 in Oakbrook Terrace???

YamiFiend2277
YamiFiend2277 on June 15, 2006 at 7:11 am

I love love LOVE this theater!!!!! The place is truly old school retro and the whole ambiance and experience plays into it! I’m only 22 so I don’t know what it was truly like to go to the ACTUAL drive in like they used to, but I can get a feel for it when I go here! Make sure to come in a truck or convertible if you’re gunna stay in your car cuz tryin to see the screen from the backseat of a regular car sucks. And if you do come in a regular, bring camping style chairs to setup outside er something (and blankets since it does get chilly as the night sets in). The concession stand has an awesome variety of old school drive in foods…….BTW, all BIGGER cars have to park in the rear rows so as not to obstruct the view, keep that in mind!!! AND YOU CAN BRING PETS!!!!!!!!!! I HOPE THEY NEVER CLOSE THIS PLACE, IT NEEDS TO LIVE ON!!!!!!! THEY JUST CLOSED THE ONE IN AURORA SO HELP KEEP THIS ONE ALIVE, GO SEE A DRIVE IN MOVIE!!!!!!

Broan
Broan on March 31, 2006 at 9:35 am

It’s about to reopen for the season. Also it did not open until August 4, 1961. It was built by independent exhibitors Basil Charuhas, Bill Galligan, and Milt Levy. It featured a 40-foot attraction sign with over 3000 lamps simulating a waterfall. It was touted as featuring the newest transistorized sound and having aligned viewing ramps to eliminate hard to see corners.

DuPageDude
DuPageDude on September 4, 2005 at 8:58 am

It’s nice to see a throw-back to the way things used to be! Don’t like the food at the concession stands? Bring your own! We we were kids, money was tight for my folks so my mom used to pop a big brown bag of popcorn and fill a thermos jug with Kool-Aid. I saw some of the greatest movies ever at drive-ins; Willie Wonka, MAd Max, etc. I look forward to taking my kids to the Cascade in a few years as well. Hoppefully they stay around for quite a while, just like another instituion nearby, Sonny Acres!

Jayne2
Jayne2 on March 3, 2005 at 12:41 pm

I think it opens later this month!! Can’t wait.

RobertR
RobertR on November 24, 2004 at 2:29 pm

This sounds like a great place, hope it stays open many years.

Jayne2
Jayne2 on November 24, 2004 at 1:09 pm

My boyfriend and I go there almost every weekend when it’s open. The women’s restroom is yucky. Other than that, everything inside is original and retro. We love it! We hope they do not sell the land to developers. It’s our favorite place to go on a Friday or Saturday night in the summer. My parents used to take us there once in awhile when I was young. It’s been around for a long time.

hpkid
hpkid on September 23, 2004 at 12:42 pm

This is a great place, it’s like going back in time.

csimmons
csimmons on August 13, 2004 at 1:39 pm

I live in Elgin with my husband and 12 year old twin sons.
We were at the cascade last month for the first time. We saw Spider Man 2 and White Chicks and it was fun for all of us. We even joyed coming back home at 1:00 a.m. It bought back many memories when I grew up in Chicago and my parents would take me movie hopping downtown.