Hillcrest Drive-In

Route 78,
Canton, IL 61520

506 cars

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Hillcrest Drive-In

The Hillcrest Drive-In opened on May 13, 1950 with Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in “Keep ‘Em Flying” & Rod Cameron in “Panhandle”. It had a capacity for 506 cars.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Must have closed before 1956.Not the Motion Picture 1956 Almanac.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on September 4, 2010 at 7:31 am

Sometimes listed as being in Norris which is only five miles North of Canton on Route 78.

Open for only a short time around ~1985 aproximate? Your welcome to research the exact dates.

Owned by Keasotes Theatres.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 4, 2010 at 7:42 am

THE HILLCREST DRIVE-IN in NORRIS,Illinois. parked 500 cars and in 1956 it was owned by E.Tukey and A.F. Stockberger.

rivest266 on May 26, 2012 at 4:35 pm

1973 photo added here.

jwmovies on October 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was Hwy 78 just NE of East Division St. in Norris, IL 61553. The screen foundation is still there.

MichaelKilgore on June 1, 2019 at 2:57 pm

The following week, BoxOffice magazine reported that the Hillcrest’s opening night featured the films Keep ‘Em Flying and Panhandle.

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