Route 53 at Route 12 (Northwest Highway),
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One of the more popular of the suburban Chicago-area drive-in theaters, the 53 Outdoor Theatre originally opened in 1960 with a single screen and a capacity from 765 cars. It was located near Routes 12 and 53 in the northwestern suburb of Palatine.
In the mid-1970’s, two more screens were added to the 53 Drive-In. Until the 1980’s, the 53 Drive-In played everything from art movies to Z-grade horror movies to adult films. During its last few years in operation, the 53 Drive-In played mainly mainstream commercial Hollywood fare.
It closed in 1986 and was demolished a year later to make way for a UPS shipping facility.
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