Clinton Outdoor Theater

IL-54 and Reagan Road,
Clinton, IL 61727

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jwmovies on September 14, 2016 at 5:00 am

Correction: This drive in was located at what is now Lance Schmid Auctions. Address: 54 IL-54, Clinton, IL 61727.

jwmovies on September 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Approx. location of this drive-in was just east of Illinois 54 & 1150 E in Clintonia.

rivest266 on May 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

1956 aerial photo uploaded in this drive-ins photo section.

Momof3 on June 11, 2007 at 9:42 pm

My husband & i took a trip over to see the wind turbines by Bloomington, IL & wow are they tall, towering over 2 storie homes in corn & bean fields but anyway, we also drove by the Harvest Moon drive in movie theatre & it was playing Surf’s Up & Delta Farce so it’s still going. I hope to get a chance to get over there to see a movie before the mosquitos get thick.


buraglio on July 26, 2006 at 9:11 am

I saw a few films there during it’s “resurrection” in the early 90’s. From what I can remember the projection stuff was very old, possibly original. I believe that the owners in the 90’s were the same as the Harvest Moon and that they closed it down in, if I recall, 1994 because of a rash of vandalism and break-ins. AS stated, it’s screen lives on In Gibson City, IL at the Harvest Moon.

JimCalvin on July 1, 2006 at 12:08 am

The Clinton Outdoor Theater was owned by Jense Nelson when I was growing up in Clinton. He also owned and operated the Clintonia Theater in town ( /theaters/11552/ ). It was built and owned originally by the builders and owners of the Clintonia, the McCullom family from Hoopston, IL, who also owned the Lorraine theater there ( /theaters/780/ , ). Seen many movies there, including in 1970, Midnight Cowboy. Midnight Cowboy, being rated X back then would not have shown at the Clintonia, only at the drive-in, even though it won the Best Picture Oscar.