7500 Elmhurst Road,
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This single-screen drive-in opened in 1960, not far from O'Hare Airport near the border of the suburbs of Des Plaines and Elk Grove Village. It had a Middle Eastern theme, as the name would imply, and originally had fake camels scattered around the drive-in. It’s marquee was a wonderfully kitschy blend of Hollywood’s version of the Arabian Nights and the Kennedy era. The marquee, along Elmhurst Road, is all that survives of the Oasis today.
Despite the constant noise from jets taking off and landing, the theater managed to survive until late 1973. In the late 70s, the screen and concession booth were torn down and the property turned into the Oasis Mobile Home Park, which it remains today.
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