Lincoln Drive-In

1900 Broadway Street,
Lincoln, IL 62656

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Lincoln Drive-In

According to Our Times, a Logan County historical publication, the Lincoln Drive-In opened “at the east end of Broadway in 1950”. The 1952 Theatre Catalog listed the owner as W. H. McKee, and its capacity as 475.

An April 17, 1954 article in The Decatur Herald said that the Lincoln’s screen was blown down “and other sections of the plant damaged” by a storm in March 1954. Then-owners Mr. & Mrs. Wilford H. McKee and Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Byrd sold the site to Charles W. Bennis, owner of the Auto-Vue in Lincoln.

The Herald article said the drive-in was “at the edge of Lincoln at East Broadway and Route 121”. Our Times wrote that the Lincoln Drive-In never reopened, although it was dutifully included in the Motion Picture Almanac lists for many years afterward.

Contributed by Michael Kilgore
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