Bel-Air Drive-In

3101 S. Cicero Avenue,
Cicero, IL 60804

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Bel-Air Drive-In

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Opened around 1956 as a single-screen drive-in, the Bel-Air Drive-In added two more screens over the ensuing decades, with space for around 1,000 cars, one of the larger outdoor theaters in Illinois.

The Bel-Air Drive-In typically screened double-features, and was one of only a few drive-ins in the US to feature two-sided screens, enabling the theater to show two different double bills at once.

Last operated by Loews Cineplex, the Bel-Air Drive-In has been closed since 1999.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

MKuecker on April 21, 2008 at 5:14 pm

The Bel-Air was great. You never could get the frequency on the radio, so you had to use the speakers. The last film we saw at The Bel-Air was Pet Cemetary. I always remember that at about 10:15 they’d interrupt you with the annoucement that the consession stand is closing in 15 minutes, and that means the restrooms will be closed too. One young man was cute one night and said “So if you need to use the restroom, go now or forever hold your pees”
So, Wal-Mart eh? Not a place I would ever shop, not even for the $4 prescriptions.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Google map shows the remains of this Loews-Cineplex Bel-Air Drive-in.

rivest266 on June 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm

This may has been opened in 1956. The 1951 aerial shows empty land.

psycmeistr on August 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm

My first experience at the Bel Air drive in was in 1966. My parents bought their first and only brand new car— a 1966 Ford Country Sedan station wagon. All us kids piled in the wagon and went to the Bel Air- I still remember the movies: Munsters Go Home, and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken… :o)

Marquita on March 27, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I use to go here all. The time when I was a kid was sad when the close it I showed my daughter this place an she wanted to go she never been to a drive-in so I’m going to find one an take her so she can experience some of the things I did when I was a kid really wish they would have kept it open this is something u can njoy with your kids n the summer

elkayo56 on November 16, 2014 at 8:15 am

I saw 1963’s Cleopatra and El Cid there. When I was young I would stand on the overpass and watch movies without sound. Sorry to see it go.

VintageBob on July 12, 2015 at 5:31 pm

I’m hoping someone here can help me find some info. I’m trying to remember a particular showing here at the Bel Air around 1980 or 1981. They had an all-night movie line up of horror movies. There were 5 or 6 playing that evening, back to back. Among them were “The Rats Are Coming, the Werewolves Are Here” and I believe “The Hills Have Eyes” and maybe a Dr. Phibes or Count Yorga movie, and a few others. I’ve been scouring the Chicago Tribune archives, but that is SLOW going. Any idea where or how I can narrow this search down? Movie release dates won’t help since they were all older movies playing.

Cliff Carson
Cliff Carson on July 21, 2015 at 12:24 am

Looks like a really romantic Drive In Theatre. A sad shame the community allowed it to die

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