Diane Drive-In

Highway 108 West,
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

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

route66sue
route66sue on December 30, 2004 at 5:19 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 5:58 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 5, 2009 at 6:00 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 5:12 pm

1975 USGS photo in the photo section for this theatre.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Looks like it could be reopened!!

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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

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