51 Drive-In

Route 51 North,
Cairo, IL

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Opened during the early-1950’s as the El Patio Drive-In, the huge screen tower was designed with a Spanish theme as the name might indicate. This good-sized theater originally offered pony rides for children and also had a snack bar and modern-looking marquee. It was located off Route 51, for which it was later renamed by 1955.

The 51 Drive-In closed long ago and has since been torn down. Almost nothing remains on the site today to indicate an outdoor theater ever stood there.

Contributed by bryan

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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

I think the screen tower still stood in the 80’s. I remember driving through Cairo around ‘84-'85 on the way to St. Louis. We passed a ruined drive in with seriously overgrown and crumbling screen tower. This is the only Cairo drive-in listed and so must be it. I’m even pretty sure the 51 name was on it.

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