De-Val Drive-In

1890 Sycamore Road,
DeKalb, IL 60115

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This drive-in opened about 1950 and was located on Sycamore Road, connected to a shopping center. It could accomodate 448 cars. The De-Val operated into the 1970’s.

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Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on May 6, 2007 at 9:24 am

Actually, the drive in was part of the strip mall. It was behind the strip mall, and the screen was attached to the back of the mall. There was a walkway in the middle of the strip that allowed you to walk back to the drive in portion.
The name was a combination of the town, DeKalb and Valos, the owners. They also owned the Egyptian Theatre.

TommyK
TommyK on August 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

When I moved to the DeKalb area, in the late 1980’s, the movie screen was down, but I remember going to Wayman’s Ace Hardware in that strip mall for hardware. There was, indeed a covered walk-way between the parking lot and the back of the store. I remember seeing speaker poles and the parking ramps. Near as I can tell the walk-way was bounded by areas used as apartments at the time. The mall’s parking lot even had a defunct “Photo Cube” which was vacant at least since the aforementioned late 1980’s.

Sometime, around the turn of the century, The strip mall was bull dozed and the retail center was reconfigured with a number of smaller retail buildings. One of these buildings is the Dairy queen. If you Bing Map the Dairy Queen, that will get you in the right area. There is a grassy area behind the current buildings. This appears to be part of what was the parking area shown in the old aerial photo. Note the, now abandoned, rail road right-of way in the back of the lot, seen in both photos.

I’m not sure if the “Wayman’s” owned the property their hardware store stood on or leased it. The Hardware store only lasted a short time before they sold-out. The ‘new’ Wayman’s Ace Hardware store building is now (2012) occupied by The Salvation Army thrift store.

jwmovies
jwmovies on September 25, 2012 at 10:35 am

Now Bemis Toyota. Approx. address for this drive-in was 1890 Sycamore Road.

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