Gem City Drive-In

300 S. 36th Street,
Quincy, IL 62301

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Opened in 1953 by Robert Ellery, the Gem City Drive-In could accomodate about 500 cars, and was located on 36th Street. The Gem City Drive-In, with a single screen, was operated for many years by the Kerasotes chain. It closed in 1971, and was later demolished to make way for an expansion of a nearby school. The Quincy Drive-In, the Quincy area’s other outdoor theater, was located across the Mississippi River in West Quincy, Missouri.

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route66sue
route66sue on December 30, 2004 at 5:17 pm

Any pictures?? My dad and I can remember this being in operation but he believes it was on 36th Street (in this area) and was demolished to make room for the new Quincy Senior High II. He said it was the better of the 2 drive-ins in Quincy.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

1969 aerial posted here.

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