Clinton Outdoor Theater

54 Illinois 54,
Clinton, IL 61727

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MichaelKilgore on June 24, 2019 at 1:44 am

“The name of the Family Drive-In, recently purchased by A. B. McCollum from Frank Stewart of Danville, has been changed to the Clinton Outdoor Theatre. McCollum also owns the Clintonia and Kaye theatres (in Clinton).” —BoxOffice, Sept. 19, 1953

jwmovies on March 23, 2019 at 9:43 am

UPDATE: The auction at this address is now permanently closed.

Address is correct @ 54 Illinois 54, Clinton IL. Auction used drive in in its name.

Please update.

jwmovies on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

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

rivest266 on May 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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

Momof3 on June 12, 2007 at 2:42 am

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 2:11 pm

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 5:08 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.