Family Drive-In

813 E. Belvidere Road,
Grayslake, IL 60030

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GRAYSLAKE OUTDOOR Theatre; Grayslake, Illinois - 1950 ad.

Opened in 1948, the Grayslake Outdoor Theatre could accommodate 800 cars. It was located along Highway 120 East at Route 83. By 1955 it had been renamed Family Drive-In. It operated for half a century before closing in 1998. It was razed a year later, and replaced by a strip mall.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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karaoketom on January 16, 2004 at 9:50 pm

As a kid growing up, this is the Drive-In that we frequented most and it was sad to have it close. I remember bringing brown paper bags of homemade buttery popcorn there and coolers filled with Kool-Aid – aaahhhh, “the good ole days”. One of my favorite movies viewed there: “Dirty Larry, Crazy Mary”.

jjohnson on December 26, 2004 at 10:40 pm

This theatre was built by my grandfather, Frederick Dobe. He also owned the Dobe Tree Farm, which is now the Arbor Vista subdivision.

kencmcintyre on February 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

The bottom photo shows the drive-in in 1990:

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Here is a June 1982 ad from the Daily Herald:

jwmovies on September 15, 2016 at 6:04 am

This drive in was located at approximately 813 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030. The entrance was where Dunkin Donuts is now located. Please update.

zebtheamerican on August 9, 2017 at 5:32 am

I lived in Grayslake from 1975 to 1985, I was 9 to 18 years old. Our family went to this drive in regularly during the summer, it was magical. We would go in the station wagon and Dad would park backwards, open the tailgate and my lil'sister and I would lay on our pillows and eat popcorn we brought from home and drink Pepsi from glass bottles with our parents sitting in lawn chairs beside us. Had my first make out session with my first girlfriend there when I was 16, and then my first boyfriend a year later. Magical time!

Dawn on January 22, 2018 at 12:24 am

Years ago I went to Volo Car museum with my family and drive by a drive-in down the street. I have reason to believe this is that drive-in, am I correct?

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