Memri Drive-In

107 10th Avenue W.,
Milan, IL 61264

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Per Jill Amoni,
MEMRI is for: M=Milan EM=East Moline RI=Rock Island

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on October 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Mrs. Thomas L. Eyre was one of 2,600 contestants who entered a naming contest for this drive-in in 1948. Eyre explained that Memri was the first initial of the the Quad Cities area towns Moline, East Moline, Milan and Rock Island making it the Memri Drive-In. Eyre won $100 and a free pass to the July 2, 1948 grand opening with the film, “Abilene Town.”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on July 10, 2017 at 6:10 pm

Odd name!! Why was it called Memri?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on July 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm

The Milan Showcase Cinemas and the adjoining Memri Drive-In. 1974 photo added courtesy of the Retro Quad Cities Facebook page.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

1970 aerial has been posted of the drive-in and the Showcase Cinemas.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm

It held 750 cars in 1956 and was owned at that time by Barney Brotman.

jhphetjr
jhphetjr on January 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I had the pleasure of managing it that final summer of 1986. We kept it open through a weekend of flooding. The structure holding the screen up was a haven for pigeons and spiders that still gives me nightmares. Big Trouble in Little China is still a youthful favorite of mine.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Owner in 1963 was Barney Brotman.