Sheridan Drive-In

7750 S. Harlem Avenue,
Bridgeview, IL 60455

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Mister_Comics on December 22, 2015 at 10:01 am

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

Mister_Comics on December 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

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

ChrisB on November 30, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Color shot of the marquee here:

tcb on July 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm

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.

Mister_Comics on January 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm

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.

Mister_Comics on January 4, 2013 at 11:26 am

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!

jwmovies on November 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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

rpb on October 31, 2009 at 10:36 pm

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.

cazman71 on November 20, 2007 at 7:51 am

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. :)

VintageBob on July 11, 2007 at 11:09 pm

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.

CHICTH74 on July 11, 2007 at 8:47 pm

Harlem Corners is still standing but it is closed.
Harlem Corners was one of those theatres that you needed to ware you old shoes cuse the floor was stickey your shoes stuck to the floor.

VintageBob on July 11, 2007 at 11:57 am

Catherine, the Sheridan was located at 79th & Harlem. Harlem Corners was located at 87th & Harlem. So they weren’t in the same strip mall, but they were down the street from one another. I don’t think Harlem Corners existed while the Sheridan was in operation (or even still standing!) though.

CatherineDiMartino on July 11, 2007 at 5:57 am

Was the Harlem Corners Theatre located here (or at least in the same strip mall)?

VintageBob on October 9, 2006 at 9:20 pm

I used to frequent all the Chicago area drive-ins in the 70’s and 80’s, and I know I was at the Sheridan a couple of times but I can’t recall what it looked like. Does anyone have any pictures of the place?

CHICTH74 on June 11, 2006 at 8:30 pm

I recall the sign i mean you could see this thing for what was like miles to me of corse i was a little kid at the time, but for me at least it looked like something off of the Las Vegas strip that great big red ,yellow ,green and i think blue star just inviting you to come in! good times good times goodtimes. Ad fore the shopping center it is no longer their eather the stores that i recall being on the lot were a VENTURE, then came AMES but i think with the K-MART
right their on 79th thay took the shopers,their is a NORTHWESTERN BUSNESS SCHOOL whare the stores were and i think their used to be a CUB foods all so it to is gone. But thay now have a bank and some little stores in the plaza whare the drive-in was.One thing that i can recall is that the fearther you went in the world stop and you could not hear the traffic on Harlem Ave. all you heard were the cherp of crickets and the sound of the cars rolling over the gravel in the “seating area”. Good times i will miss them:)

Well thank You for your time and for your space. :)

RamessesII on February 13, 2006 at 3:25 pm

I was also an usher at this drive-in and it was a local favorite: possibly the classiest of our area’s outdoor theatres. A favorite part of working there, was patrolling the field, after the movies were over and almost all the cars had pulled out… except for those very few that remained, because their occupants had fallen asleep during the movies. Shining our flashlights into those vehicles never failed to provide laughs and quite often, XXX-Rated entertainment for us ushers. You’d be surprised at how many people fall asleep, naked, at a drive-in!

DBuckley on October 10, 2005 at 11:59 am

Saw “Bronco Billy” there in 1980. Remembered a open Jeep full of guys that had to leave suddenly when it started to pour rain. I had a friend who used to put his hi beams on and watch all the “making out couples” jump in front of him when the lights shined.

DriveInFANN on January 6, 2005 at 3:53 pm

Oooh—bad memories of this place! Caught my high-school boyfriend there, cheating! :(