Campus Drive-In

SR-13 & W. Murphysboro Road,
Carbondale, IL 62901

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This drive-in opened in the early-1950’s as the Waring Auto Theatre, with space for 500 cars. It was later renamed the Campus Drive-In, after its proximity to Southern Illinois University. During the 1970’s, it played mostly horror and adult movies, before closing towards the end of that decade. The drive-in has since been demolished and a hog farm is on the site today.

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jackhicko on May 25, 2005 at 12:33 am

I went there only one time. In the college years nobody had a car, so the Campus was a one-time special treat at a special time and with special friends from a long time ago. This is what made drive-ins such a great thing. It was whom you went with, whom you met there, and what you saw. That particular night I saw I DRINK YOUR BLOOD and I EAT YOUR SKIN.

jackhicko on July 25, 2006 at 11:21 pm

The address was RFD 2 Murphysboro and the phone number was 684-8104. And come on now, am I the only person who cares about this theater?

jackhicko on July 4, 2007 at 2:11 am

I REMEMBER YOU, CAMPUS DRIVE-IN, even if no one else does! I actually ENJOYED living in Carbondale and I relish every memory of it!

jackhicko on December 17, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Poor little forgotten theater.

DavidZornig on March 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Maybe some folks at SIU would have pictures and/or more history of this theatre in their archives. It’s worth a try.

jackhicko on February 8, 2010 at 2:05 am

I just listened to Funky Fanfare by Keith Mansfield in honor of you, CAMPUS DRIVE-IN!

jwmovies on September 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 7994 Old Highway 13.

rivest266 on July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Renamed Campus in 1966 and closed in 1977.

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