66 Drive-In

5900 S. LaGrange Road,
Countryside, IL 60525

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66 Drive-In

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The single-screen 66 Drive-In opened in 1949. The drive-in was located off LaGrange Road, near Route 66(Joliet Road), in what was originally part of LaGrange, but has since 1960 been part of Countryside.

It closed after the 1976 season, and was afterward torn down to make way for the Countryside Plaza shopping center.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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shermhorn
shermhorn on February 29, 2008 at 8:14 pm

This has to be the drive-in we frequented in the 1950s when we were in high school, but, as I recall, its name was the 66 Drive-In Theater, probably so named because US 66 crossed LaGrange Road maybe a mile – if even that far – south of the theater’s location. Many of the occupants of cars in the back rows of the drive-in never seemed to be too interested on what was going on on the screen.

bunkystark
bunkystark on September 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Definitely 66 Drive-In … I lived next to it for 9 years. It was more like a few hundred feet north of the old Route 66

rivest266
rivest266 on June 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm

May 28th, 1948 grand opening ad has been posted here.

Hugh
Hugh on September 3, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Most amusing were the newspaper ads about the “shocking” triple features, with such phrases as “the birth of a baby before your eyes” or “nurses in attendance” or “armed guards will check IDs for age.” (Sadly, this was before I lived in the area and could see the screen from my condo balcony.)

Mister_Comics
Mister_Comics on January 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

The newer Quarry Theater is just south of were this theater was. Surprised the Quarry wsn’t named Rt66 Theater since it’s right off route 66.

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