Capri Drive-In

291 N. Old St. Louis Road,
Wood River, IL 62095

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Capri Drive-In

Located in the East Alton district of Wood River. The Alt-Wood Outdoor Theatre opened in 1949. Car Capacity was 350. It was operated by the Dubinsky Brothers and was taken over by Mid-Ameria Theatres and renamed Capri Drive-In on March 24, 1961. It was open into the 1960’s.

Contributed by Chris1982

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jwmovies
jwmovies on October 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

The above address is incorrect.

The screen was there.

The entrance was at 291 N Old St. Louis Rd. Please update.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 28, 2014 at 1:42 am

All their display ads list the same address as that given in the header.

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 28, 2014 at 6:43 am

Not to take sides, but just to the east of the 291 N. Old St. Louis Road address you can see what appears to be the ramps of the drive-in. https://goo.gl/maps/nDsDS

JAlex
JAlex on October 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

Venue changed its name to the CAPRI Drive-In in 1961 when Mid-America took over operation. To my knowledge, operation ceased in October 1978.

Kris4077
Kris4077 on October 28, 2014 at 10:43 am

Maybe there were 2 drive-in theaters on this road either at the same time or maybe different times. I’ve tried searching on google but have not come up with any evidence. But I do see the remnants of the ramps at 291.

Kenmore
Kenmore on August 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm

After searching the topo maps and aerial photos of the location in question, there is ample evidence that the address 291 N. Old St. Louis Road is the correct one at least according to Google Maps.

There is no evidence that another drive-in existed at or around 257 S. Old St. Louis Road. So, for the sake of accuracy in terms of location on Google Maps, the 291 address is better. However, if the address was what the original drive-in used in its advertising, then going with the other makes some sense.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on August 11, 2015 at 12:59 pm

The theater’s name for its first 12 years is the Alt-Wood Outdoor Theatre. The name of the theatre was given because it was between East Alton and Wood River. And on June 10, 1949, the feature film “Wild Harvest” was on the big screen. Mayors from nine surrounding cities and towns were on hand to commemorate the event including those of Alton and Wood River. 500 roses were given out to the ladies who were in attendance.

Mid-America bought the theater — operators of the Bel-Air Drive-In and several other locations — in March of 1961 converting it to the Capri Drive-In Theatre on March 24, 1961 mid-retrofitting.

jwmovies
jwmovies on October 19, 2016 at 1:00 am

Aka Atwood Drive-in per Drive-ins.com. When it opened, the theater was located in Alton.

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