Diane Drive-In

12470 IL-108,
Carlinville, IL 62626

300 cars

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Diane Drive-In

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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

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route66sue
route66sue on December 30, 2004 at 7:19 pm

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
kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Some additional photos on this page:
http://tinyurl.com/lrydnz

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 8:00 pm

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

rivest266
rivest266 on June 11, 2012 at 7:12 pm

1975 USGS photo in the photo section for this theatre.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Looks like it could be reopened!!

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 26, 2012 at 1:03 am

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

Kenmore
Kenmore on September 28, 2015 at 11:01 am

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
gmasherry on October 26, 2015 at 11:58 pm

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

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