Twin City Drive-In
North Market Street,
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The Twin City Drive-In opened in September of 1948, with room for about 600 cars. It was the first drive-in theater to open in Champaign county, built at a cost of more than $150,000. The opening film was “Frontier Gal”. Within a month of opening, the size was increased to accomodate 150 more cars due to the drive-in’s popularity.
In 1954, a large Cinemascope screen was installed, as was a playground for children and the concession stand was enlarged. Two years later, burro rides for children were added. During the mid-50s until 1960, the Twin City was operated by the Van Nomokis chain. In 1960, the Kerasotes chain acquired the drive-in (at that time, its third theater in the area, with the indoor Co-Ed and Princess added a few years earlier).
By the end of the 60s, the Twin City had gone from mainly second-run, B-grade Hollywood features and Westerns to mainly horror and adult-oriented films. During the late 70s, a typical double-feature consisted of titles like “Satan’s Playthings” and “Centerfold Spread”.
The drive-in finally was closed by Kerasotes in 1981 and its screen tower demolished not long after, its marquee and concession stands allowed to eventually fall into ruin.
Today, a furniture store is located on the site.
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