Sky-Hi Drive-In

800 S. Highway 53,
Addison, IL 60101

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The Sky-Hi Drive-In originally opened in 1968 in Addison on Illinois Route 53 and North Avenue (IL Route 64) as a twin screen (one facing east and the other facing west) by M & R Theaters. It had a cafeteria style concession stand. It featured radio sound and had a playground where children would play. In 1985, it was closed and later in the 1980’s demolished. A home improvement store has been built on the site.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Jane, according to the Historic Aerials link above on 12/6/08, the land the drive-in was still a vacant lot in the 1961 view….

MargieWall on October 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I was concession manager from 1972 to 1982 at the four theaters. We called the Addison location Sky-Hi, Palatine location The Twin. Week end days there was a flea market held on the grounds. Cleaning crew would be finishing when concession stand crew would be starting at 4 PM. Summer would find us leaving at 2AM. I have many fond memories working with M&R, Concession Services and the many high school students.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Did they have Radio sound in 1968?

norwood on March 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

The original Sky High Drive in was at route 83 and Roosevelt Rd in Oakbrook. It was moved to the addison location which was origanaly Mitchell Field a small private airport

rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 6:40 am

Aerial photo and grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section.

jwmovies on November 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 880 South Rohlwing Road, Addison, IL 60148.

Aaron77 on June 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Also, There is no home improvement store built on this site. The site where the drive-in use to be is still undeveloped land & is surrounded by houses. It’s main use now is for flood protection. The site has 4 little streams (Some larger then others), that when heavy rain comes down the water is drained into these streams, letting the field take the brunt of the water. Ultimately making it quite a marshy environment. Ironically this was one of the reasons why the drive-in closed…But not the main reason.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 9, 2013 at 5:13 am

I think the address/location is all messed up! The opening ad states the drive-in is on Rt 53 just North of NORTH Avenue and the article in the 6/30/68 Hearld states “on Route 53 two blocks North of North Avenue”. It’s present location on the map goes past Fullerton, Diversey and Army Trail Road 2 ½ miles North of North Avenue? Perhaps two different drive-ins?

Aaron77 on June 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

The address is correct, it just doesn’t exist anymore. Plus back in 68' the area was basically farmland getting ready to be developed. So when they describe it as being 2 blocks north of north ave., they mean the the next intersection north from north avenue…Which anyone who lives in a farming community knows 2 blocks could be a mile or two between public attractions, such as gas stations, restaurants or in this case a drive-In .

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