Wheeling Twin Drive-In

1010 S. Milwaukee Avenue,
Wheeling, IL 60090

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ChrisB
ChrisB on February 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

Added a photo of the drive-in I took in the summer of 1980.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Linkrot repair:

The June 19, 1967 Boxoffice article about the M&R drive-in is now here.

The second article, from October 30, 1967, starts here and is continued here.

Aaron77
Aaron77 on January 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

I remember seeing ‘'Cliffhanger’‘ here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

The Wheeling Twin Drive-In (originally called the M&R Twin Drive-In) was built in 60 days, according to this article about it in Boxoffice of June 19, 1967. Additional photos of it are featured in Boxoffice of October 30, 1967.

The drive-in was designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Sidney H. Morris & Associates, who designed at least two conventional theaters for M&R Amusements: the 1960 Old Orchard Theatre in Skokie, and the Evergreen Theatre in Evergreen Park, Illinois.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on December 6, 2008 at 4:23 pm

I remember driving by this place and thinking the screen by the road looked huge.

That’s a cool web site, michigandriveins.

billymac72
billymac72 on April 18, 2008 at 4:26 am

That’s an excellent story.

The land that the Twin once occupied is still largely vacant (not sure what it’s purpose is). If you drive along Hintz Road, going West off of Milwaukee, just look over to your left. One of the old screens actually stood along here for at least a few years after the theater closed. There is a new building there now, which is some kind of Korean religious school. Before that was built a couple of years ago, there were still about 4-5 speaker stands still in that lot. Now, I don’t think there’s any trace of it left. In the 80s, there was a go-cart track & batting cages built right by the entrance to the Twin. This is now a car lot of some kind. The fence/screens for the track are still there. It’s pretty obvious once you know what it was. So, that should give you a rough idea where it was.

billymac72
billymac72 on April 18, 2008 at 4:26 am

That’s an excellent story.

The land that the Twin once occupied is still largely vacant (not sure what it’s purpose is). If you drive along Hintz Road, going West off of Milwaukee, just look over to your left. One of the old screens actually stood along here for at least a few years after the theater closed. There is a new building there now, which is some kind of Korean religious school. Before that was built a couple of years ago, there were still about 4-5 speaker stands still in that lot. Now, I don’t think there’s any trace of it left. In the 80s, there was a go-cart track & batting cages built right by the entrance to the Twin. This is now a car lot of some kind. The fence/screens for the track are still there. It’s pretty obvious once you know what it was. So, that should give you a rough idea where it was.

GFeret
GFeret on April 2, 2008 at 8:48 am

WHEELING twin was the first Drive-In I took my kids to, a double-feature of GREMLINS 2 and QUICK CHANGE.

A kinduva ‘precious moment’: I’d told the boys we’re going to a drive-in movie that Sat. nite, but the expression meant nothing to them and I didn’t offer advance explanation what’s in store. So when we pulled up to a speaker post they both asked me “but Dad, where’s the theater building?” (they thot we were just parking in the parking lot). I lifted each up and sat them on the hood of our car, and pointed to the great white wall ahead, and replied “just sit here and keep looking that way”.

The above posts mention the Dancing Hot Dog intermission film clip ad: maybe not at this D-I, but I remember the same ad running somewhere that was so incredibly well-worn that the hot-dog in the cartoon had turned all green from scratches.

P.S.: the movie QUICK CHANGE I still think is an absolute riot. Now, driving out on Milwaukee Ave (Rte 21) I find it impossible to place where the old WHEELING TWIN D-I once stood with any certainty, the various new developments scrambling the landscape so.

billymac72
billymac72 on October 23, 2007 at 9:43 am

Of course, one could never forget to honk the horn when the hot dog finally jumped into the bun!!

brebel
brebel on January 4, 2007 at 2:57 am

I miss this place as well. M & R seemed to have a grip on my social life in th late 70’s and 80’s. They ran the Axle roller rink in Norridge and Niles, I went to Niles Axle every Saturday and Sunday. (I learned to skate in the early 60’s at less than 2 years old ,My dad was a guard at the old Riverview in Chicago) We would go to the Wheeling Twin Drive In on dates. Then we got or just looked older we would go to McGreevy’s on Golf road just east of Milwaukee. It later turned into Club Metroplolis to Club Metropol. There is a Walgreens there now.

The drive in always showed the Dancing Hot Dog intermission clip. I usually enjoyed this more than the movie.

On weekends in the summer they would have a flea market. I went occasionally . Never bought anything but it was a great place to people watch.

My memory is that it was closed / bought out because the airport next door needed a drainage ditch due to FA regulations so they could have certain types of jets.

I live in Wisconsin now and found a drive in in Jefferson.

Still the entire night is defined if they show the dancing hot dog intermission film.

billymac72
billymac72 on November 2, 2006 at 4:01 am

Boy, now if there’s a place I miss most, this may be it. I saw a ton of films here growing up (Jaws, Grease, ET, Jaws 2) and continued to go through college. On the final weekend, a group of my friends went to pay our final respects at a triple feature (Mortal Kombat/Johnny Nemonic/Waterworld). It’s such a shame that this place has left us, for nothing really seems to have gone in its place (a retention pond? Hard to tell, but it still looks like open space to me). Such a great, cheap date as well. The triple feature could be had for a mere $6 or 7 dollars. They still seemed to be doing good business upon their close. I long for those golden days of having my trunk checked!!

One of the screens remained up for several years, and several lines of speaker stands could still be seen beyond a fence off of Hintz & Milwaukee roads up until, at least, about 3 years ago.

PAULB
PAULB on January 16, 2004 at 12:07 am

aaron……..pleease! Manny or Menny?

MovieMan26
MovieMan26 on January 15, 2004 at 3:12 pm

I'v seen manny movies here, I took my first date here like manny people, I really miss this place.