Illiana Drive-In

East Route 136,
Danville, IL 61832

500 cars

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Illiana Drive-In

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Single screen theater with large block screen tower which still exists. This was the last of the Butler Enterprise theaters to close in 1983

Contributed by Ryan Allison

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 26, 2010 at 12:32 am

Ryan, It parked 500 cars in 1956 and was owned by Wesher MEyers.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on July 27, 2010 at 1:44 pm

Open 1955-1980’s?

Open for sure 1967.

For Sale in 2002?

Need an address, more info and photos.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on May 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Uploaded Goggle Aerial’s from 1993 and 2012. It looks like it could be reopened again??

Bubba
Bubba on July 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

In a Goggle Earth flyover as recent as 2014 the Illiana can be seen as heavily overgrown from decades of apparent abandonment, though you can clearly see where the ramps were. It appears that the concession stand & booth are gone, but the original block building used as the screen is still standing. Incidentally, this “screen” barely accommodated a 1.5:1 aspect ratio so for any 2.35:1 shows the audience lost nearly half of the picture, though no one ever seemed to complain. Located where it was, well outside the city, the Illiana “got away” with many of the more racier films (for that era). The only time the Illiana was ever (temporarily) shut down was in the summer of 1969 for showing Russ Meyer’s VIXEN, after it had been playing to a nightly sellout crowd and held-over for the beginning of a 4th week (film seized, projectionist & mgr both arrested & taken to the Vermilion County jail, along with theater owner Jack Butler). According to local folklore this action was said to be in response to weeks of continuing local clergy outcry. Charges were eventually dropped, but the film was never returned.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on July 20, 2014 at 9:47 pm

wonder what the front side of the screen looks like?

Darren_Snow
Darren_Snow on September 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

There’s a bunch of 1999 Illiana photos in this set on FLickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/darrensnow/sets/72157605357779599

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