Crystal Lake Drive-In
7382 Pingree Road,
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The Crystal Lake Drive-In opened on July 16, 1953 with Randolph Scott in “Hangman’s Knot”. Its name was soon afterward shortened to the Crystal Drive-In. This theater was located on Highway 14 at Pingree Road, in Crystal Lake. It could accomodate about 1,000 cars.
The Crystal Drive-In was still open in May 1977. In 1981, its final year of operating, it went back to its original Crystal Lake Drive-In name. Today, though vandalized and falling apart, the screen tower still stands, though the Crystal’s concession, projection and ticket structures were long ago demolished. The whole former drive-in property is now very heavily overgrown, though surrounded by ever-expanding residential development.
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