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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Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on December 6, 2008 at 8:52 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
kencmcintyre on May 13, 2009 at 1:48 am

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.
http://tinyurl.com/qkl88t

Michigandriveins.com
Michigandriveins.com on January 1, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on January 1, 2010 at 7:15 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 4:31 pm

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

Beadee
Beadee on July 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

I happened on an ad in the Chicago Tribune of 7/6/1956, for a Loew’s Twins Open-Air Theatre at 87th & Cicero. Does this have a listing at Cinema Treasures? My interest is mainly for the Loew’s connection. Loew’s had always kept a low profile in the Chicago area due to a longago agreement with B&K.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

I’m posting the ad in the Photos Section in the hope that someone will come up with more information.

mo4040
mo4040 on July 16, 2014 at 10:20 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.

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