Peoria Drive-In

1631 W. Glen Avenue,
Peoria, IL 61614

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The Peoria Drive-In was one of a handful of drive-in theater located in the Peoria area. It opened in 1945, and had space for just under 400 cars. It was operated by the Kerasotes Theatres chain. It closed after a blaze in 1989 destroyed the drive-in. Housing has since been constructed on the site.

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Jeanlawlerbell
Jeanlawlerbell on April 23, 2004 at 5:59 pm

Want to make a correction on the information contributed by Bryan. My parents, Ralph W. and Marie K. Lawler built and owned and operated the Peoria Drive-In Theater on Glen Avenue in Peoria. It was the first Drive-In Theater built in Central Illinois and one of the first in the Mid-West. Their managers were first Bob Hagen and then Jack Geltmaker. They sold the theater in the 1960s to the Kerasotas. Jean Lawler Bell

toelew
toelew on January 26, 2006 at 8:26 pm

Does anyone have a pic of the old Peoria drive-in on glen? If so please email me @

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Car capacity in 1975 was 800.

JeffCarlson
JeffCarlson on January 23, 2010 at 11:21 am

Link to a vintage photo:

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KelliL
KelliL on March 31, 2013 at 10:19 am

What’s there now? I cannot imagine a drive in on Glen.

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