I-80 Outdoor Theatre

19100 Oak Park Avenue,
Tinley Park, IL 60477

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rivest266 on November 11, 2016 at 2:06 pm

This opened on May 28th, 1971. Its grand opening ad can be found in the photo section. Listings stopped in 1987.

Dawn on March 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

I used to call this the L-O-V-E Theater because on the back of the screen had the famous LOVE sign. I remember going as late as 1987 though if I recall it was closed for a few years before then. I saw movies there in 1982 (and earlier)but think it may have been closed 1983-1986. Not sure though. Around 1990 or later I drove by and saw them tearing down the screen. That was sad to see. In the 70’s I liked going there because they showed the famous dancing hot dog intermission. When they closed it, that went to the Cicero (which stopped showing it before they closed).

DavidZornig on April 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

Circa 1973 marquee photo added courtesy of Maji Joe.

rivest266 on June 24, 2012 at 5:41 am

1974 aerial photo uploaded here.

alanjw on April 23, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I worked at the flea market concession stand around 1981 or 1982. The manager was the same as the the drive in. She was tall and blond. Her blond daughter also worked the flea market concession stand. The drive in was on its death bed by the time the New World Theater opened. The place was in decline in the early 80’s.

jackhicko on February 19, 2005 at 5:42 pm

They had in-car heaters which was essential in the frozen wasteland of Chicago. I escaped in 1973.
We went to see a double feature at the I-80 of “Woodstock” and “Performance”. Some girl crashed into our parked car thinking she could park in the exact same space. She was stoned and confused and quicly released her two boyfriends from the trunk. They took over and drove away. Silly, because we already had the plate number. She was arrested on Monday.
Of course we left early and missed “Woodstock”…how does it end?