Bloomington Drive-In

1720 S. Main Street,
Bloomington, IL 61701

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BLOOMINGTON Drive-In Theatre; Bloomington, Illinois.

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The Phil-Kron Drive-In opened in 1947, located on Main Street in Bloomington. Its orignal name comes from its first owners, Kenneth Phillips and Phil Kron. The drive-in could accommodate 850 cars, and the large screen tower once contained a restaurant/grill.

Later, the theater was renamed the Bloomington Drive-In after it was acquired by Kerasotes Theatres. It was closed in 1988, and severely damaged by a wind storm after closing. What was left was later demolished and the site was considered by GKC Theatres for a new multiplex, but it never happened. A shopping center has since been built on the site.

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TommyK
TommyK on August 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I believe the screen was held up by round metal legs. The restaurant was built around the structure. Therefore the round legs were part and parcel of the restaurant’s decor. The restaurant was a separate business from the theater. One of the locals told me that the restaurant was foreclosed upon by its creditors. One day, during lunch, the creditors told the patrons to leave whether they were done dining or not. They shuffled the people out the door and locked her up. I think the theater continued to operate some time after the restaurant was closed, but not for very long.

Jay Harvey
Jay Harvey on August 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm

interesting story!

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 20, 2014 at 1:31 pm

More history here That is not the original screen tower.

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