North Avenue Outdoor Theatre

1901 River Road,
River Grove, IL 60171

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Opened August 6, 1948, one of the earliest drive-in theatres in the Chicago suburbs, the North Avenue Outdoor Theatre was located on River Road at North Avenue in River Grove. It could accomodate 1,000 cars and was originally part of the Essaness circuit.

The North Avenue Outdoor Theatre closed in 1973, and was afterward demolished, the property acquired by Triton College.

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JamesPiscitelli on November 27, 2003 at 8:42 am

The drive-in was located in River Grove, not River Forest. It is now part of Triton College known as the Collins Center, which includes the Richard Burton Performing Arts Center.

lafalot55 on February 27, 2007 at 2:40 pm

I the 50’s and 60’s every winter the sign would say “Colsed for the Season, Reason, Freezin. Carol Ries

jwmovies on October 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1947 North 5th Avenue.

rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 1:52 pm

This opened on August 6th, 1948. Its grand opening ad in the photo section.

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