Double Drive-In

2800 W. Columbus Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60652

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Double Drive-In

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This drive-in, located on Columbus Avenue in the South Englewood neighborhood, opened in 1950 with, as its name would imply, two screens. Later, a third screen was added, though the theater didn’t change it’s name to Triple Drive-In.

The theater closed in the mid-to-late-1990’s, and the property continued to be used by a flea market until around 2000 or 2001, when it was completely demolished and replaced by an industrial park.

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Recent comments (view all 15 comments) on December 6, 2008 at 5:52 pm

There was another Double Drive-In in Chicago, it was located at 87th and Cicero St. Here’s an aerial shot from from 1951.

kencmcintyre on May 12, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Here is a May 1951 ad from the Southeast Economist. The address doesn’t match either theater mentioned so far. Maybe there were three Double Drive-Ins in Chicago. on January 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Ken, the address in your ad does match this drive-in.

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I think with 99.44% certainty that the ad that Ken posted 5/12/09 is for the drive in for the 1972 aerial shot linked to on 12/6/08. The vicinity of multiple railroad tracks to the North and South pinpoints it.

The 2800 W. Columbus address given in the header says this is the right drive in for this page. Columbus Ave is only a few blocks away from the site and 74th and South Western Ave mentioned in the ad.

Southwest Hwy is likely the old name for W Columbus Ave.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 29, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Parked a large amount of cars 1800 and was owned by M&R Amusement Corp.

Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 9:44 am

My uncle sold at the flea market on Sunday’s from the late 70s until maybe 1989? The concession stand was awsome unless it flooded. Then it became an island in the distance. Hambergers and dogs wrapped in foil. I rememeber hanging out in the playground under the screen and swinging on the swings. Such a shame.

mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm

As a youngster in the 60’s and early 70’s, this was were the family primarily went to see shows. We would bring some pop corn and some Kool-Aid (we did not have a lot of money for stuff from the concessions stand) and arrive early so my brother and I could play in the playground before the show started.

Savage on July 11, 2016 at 7:38 pm

It’s a real shame that not only THIS place ,but also, The Bel-Air(in Cicero) & The Twin drive-in in Wheeling,Il got torn down around the same time! They showed their ads on the same little 3 inch posting in the news papers ..This was my personal favorite as a kid…I’m pretty darn sure it would STILL be my favorite now,if it was still open! Places like these would do such good business now! Quentin Tarantino just bought The New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood and is showing"very rare" double features every day.Just like these drive ins used to do in the 70 s and 80 s….And packing the very small cinema with moviegoers!

Dawn on September 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm

I never went there but drove by it after it closed (this would be around 1997 or so). A friend had discovered it by accident and wanted to show me. I wasn’t scared at the time but it’s in South Englewood, and not sure about South Englewood, but Englewood is a bad area. I remember being in a clothing shop either summer of 1987 or 1988 (I was either a junior or senior in high school) and there was a commercial with this drive in, along with the BelAir and the Twin featuring the Beach Boys song.

Dawn on September 5, 2016 at 10:54 pm

Also, there was an article in the early to mid 90’s from the Tribune I believe featuring all the then open drive ins and this one was in the article.

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