Diane Drive-In

1950N and Colt Road,
Carlinville, IL 62626

300 cars

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Diane Drive-In

The Diane Drive-In opened in 1952, and could originally accomodate 300 cars. It had a very large screen and a stylish, neon-lit marquee.

It was owned by the same family which operated the indoor Marvel Theater, also in Carlinville. After being damaged in a 1978 fire, the original screen was replaced by a smaller and less-elaborate one.

The Diane Drive-In closed in 1981, but is still more or less intact.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

route66sue on December 31, 2004 at 1:19 am

If I could own/operate a drive-in, this would be my choice. I would love to see any pictures from when it was in operation.

kencmcintyre on September 6, 2009 at 1:58 am

Some additional photos on this page:

kencmcintyre on September 6, 2009 at 2:00 am

There are some great shots on Flickr as well, but so as not to aggravate your various neuroses I will leave those unposted.

rivest266 on June 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

1975 USGS photo in the photo section for this theatre.

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Drive-In 54 on June 12, 2012 at 3:02 am

Looks like it could be reopened!!

jwmovies on September 26, 2012 at 7:03 am

Approx. location for this drive-in was Hwy 108 and Colt Rd.

Kenmore on September 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm

A closer address is 12470 IL-108, Carlinville, IL. The drive-in sits just to the west of that location. http://tinyurl.com/qcdbegd

It is remarkable that after nearly 35 years the drive-in is still in such remarkable shape even if the screen could use some work. The land also appears to be for sale as well.

gmasherry on October 27, 2015 at 4:58 am

My hubby & I went to many shows at this drive in back in the 70s when were dating! Fun times!

Kenmore on May 25, 2017 at 9:54 pm

An even closer address is 1950N and Colt Road, Carlinville, IL. The drive-in sits on the north side of the intersection.

A little work on the screen, some mowing, and a new projector and it appears this drive-in could be re-opened even after all these years. http://tinyurl.com/mygbpwk

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