7500 Elmhurst Road,
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This single-screen drive-in opened September 16, 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.
Despite the constant noise from jets taking off and landing, the theater managed to survive until late-1973. The well-maintained marquee, along Elmhurst Road, which later advertised the mobile home park that replaced the drive-in, lasted until 2016, when it was torn down during a road-widening project.
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