Sheridan Drive-In

7750 S. Harlem Avenue,
Bridgeview, IL 60455

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The Sheridan Drive-In opened in 1960, on Harlem Avenue, at 79th Street in southwest suburban Bridgeview. This single-screen drive-in had a large, stylish early-1960’s style marquee topped by a neon-lit star with a zig-zagging tail.

This large 1,500-car capacity drive-in was popular, but closed in 1986 and demolished shortly afterward. A shopping center is on the site today.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

VintageBob on July 12, 2007 at 7:09 am

So true. And there was a truly rotten element there. Lots of gang scum. I remember going there once and people had to be searched. Lots of punks yelling and acting out. I demanded a refund and never went back.

cazman71 on November 20, 2007 at 3:51 pm

The thing I remember most about the Sheridan wasn’t so much the movies I saw. It was my dad dragging me there every Sunday morning when I was a little kid for the flea market. At that age I could never understand why someone wanted to buy someone elses used crap. But as long as he let me play in the little playground behind the consession stand all was good. :)

rpb on November 1, 2009 at 5:36 am

I remember going to the Haunted Trails miniature golf course in the mid-70’s and looking over the fence at the movie being shown. It was perfect viewing, as the screen faced Southwest, directly facing the Northeastern section of the course. I also remember that huge sign quite well. You could see it from blocks away, that’s for sure.

jwmovies on November 24, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Above address is incorrect. Approx. address was further north @ 7750 S. Harlem Avenue.

Mister_Comics on January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I live just a few blocks behind from were the drive-in was. Saturday mornings they had fleamarkets. Sometimes at night while the movie was going you could hear some of the stuff from the movie. If you were driving east on 79th you could see the movie screen from the top of the bridge in Bridgeview. After the drive-in was taken down, Ventures and Awshawns was built there and a bank and pet shop. The pet shop is still there but one of the buildings was demolished. Haunted Trails is still in the area where it always was and running. Spent many a time at the drive-in and flea market. Good fun!

Mister_Comics on January 6, 2013 at 2:15 am

In the noval THE BOOK OF RALPH by John McNally, he tells a story about the Sheridan Drive-In. The book is about a kid growing up in the south suburban Burbank/Bridgeview/Chicago area in the 70’s.

tcb on July 3, 2013 at 3:49 am

Yes. The entrance was north of 79th street on Harlem. Lots of fun between the Sheridan and the Starlight. I lived in Oak Lawn for 25 years and our little group mostly hung out at the White Castles at 95th & Cicero because we were part of the hot rodder scene (late 60’s thru mid 70’s). My most vivid memory about the Sheridan was the accident my friend had driving in. We were late and it was already dark and as you know once you entered the theatre parking lot you had to turn off your headlights and use the parking lights. He hit another car (lightly) which kinda spoiled the evening for him. As I remember it, Haunted Trails was at the corner of Cicero & SW Highway, where Hooters is now, before they moved to Burbank. Wish some of these things had never changed.

ChrisB on November 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Color shot of the marquee here:

Mister_Comics on December 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Nice color photo. I added it to the photo section.

Mister_Comics on December 22, 2015 at 6:01 pm

I believe the Sheridan opened in 1959. Since I have seen photo proof showing movies from 1959 on their marquee sign.

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