Maywood Outdoor Theatre

2000 5th Avenue,
River Grove, IL 60171

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The Maywood Outdoor Theatre was located on River Road and North Avenue, northwest of the Kiddieland amusement park. This drive-in has long ago disappeared with little to indicate it ever even existed.

Any further information about this theater would be appreciated…

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Trolleyguy on January 4, 2005 at 5:31 pm

The drive-in was located between 1st and 5th Aves, with the entrance on 5th. The location is Melrose Park, not Maywood.

The billboard stood for many years after the drive-in disappeared. The roller rink is gone now as well.

cokejuke on January 26, 2005 at 7:16 pm

I believe that this drive-in closed in the early-70’s. I remember as a kid that my buddies and I would ride our bikes from neighboring Franklin Park / River Grove and sit on a hill to watch the movies at the then recently opened Triton College which was only West of River Road at the time. They began showing X-rated flicks right before it closed probably around 1972 or so.

This really was a great place for kids with Kiddie Land, two mini-golf facilities, a go-cart track, a riding stable, a Drive-In, and a roller rink all within a few minutes of on another. Add to that Tom Naples Halloween store and Amlings Haunted house a few blocks to the West and man it was like heaven!


Jayne2 on March 3, 2005 at 10:45 am

Rich M, everything you describe in your post are all of the good memories of my childhood! Only Kiddieland has survived. Amlings sold out most of their land to Cub Foods and what is now Value City. Even though I’m still in the area, I can’t tell you whether or not the Haunted House is still there in October!

Broan on April 20, 2006 at 6:27 pm

This was originally the North Avenue Outdoor. Architect was Benjamin H. Stein. There was supposed to be a 1500 seat indoor theater too. Also in the area at the time were a driving range, and an archery stand. This and the Harlem Outdoor were built by the same company.

dixonslick on March 24, 2007 at 6:23 am

Amlings sold out completely. And is locked up.

Trolleyguy on March 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Kiddieland is now gone, closed last September. Very little remaining of the past in that area now except for the Maywood Park race track and Russell’s BBQ.

TLSLOEWS on March 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

1000 cars pretty big drive-in.

Paul Fortini
Paul Fortini on February 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

Outdoor Theater—Closed

What a shame.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

It must have opened in the late50’s or early 60’ record in motion picture almanac.

Trolleyguy on January 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

It was earlier, because I first started going there in the early 50’s when I was in high school.

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