Belford Drive-In

8301 E. State Street,
Rockford, IL

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The Belford Drive-In, a twin when it closed, was located on State Street (Route 20). It was operated by Kerasotes Theatres, which ended up having this popular drive-in demolished and replaced with the ShowPlace 16 megaplex (at least on the site of one of the two screens—the site of the second screen was unused after its demolition).

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GreatExplorer on June 22, 2005 at 2:10 am

I kinda remember visiting this theater when I was younger, sometime in the early ‘90s. But, I’m pretty sure there was also several other screens inside as well. The new theater that took its place, the ShowPlace, is a huge place and is interesting to look at now.

Cntrfld12 on September 30, 2005 at 6:54 am

Ah yes, the good times at the Belford. Some of the older people still even call Showplace 16 the Belford. That was a great theatre and should have kept it. Drive-ins are few are far these days. The last movie I remember seeing there was Kevin Costner’s Waterworld. I still even remember the old entrance. I wish I had a photo of the theatre!

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This opened on December 23rd, 1965 with one outdoor and one indoor screen by Kerasotes. I have included the grand opening ad, aerials from 1970 and 1975. The ShowPlace opened on the site in 1997.

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