Campus Drive-In

7994 Old Highway 13,
Murphysboro, IL 62966

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The Waring Auto Theatre opened on July 3, 1948 with Brian Donlevy in “A Gentleman After Dark”. It had spaces for 500 cars. In January 1967 it was taken over by Mid-America Theatres and 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 on September 18, 1977 with Richard Harris in “Orca” & Bradford Dillman in “Bug”. 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!

rivest266 on July 23, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Renamed Campus in 1966 and closed in 1977.

jwmovies on September 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

Correction: Address is now 7994 Old Hwy 13, Murphysboro, IL 62966. No longer part of Carbondale.

kennerado on March 30, 2020 at 4:37 am

The original capacity might’ve been around 200-250 cars, a 1963 aerial photo shows the back half of the ramps being created.

MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2020 at 12:13 pm

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Feb. 1, 1967: “Mid-America Theatres has just purchased the Waring Drive-In, Carbondale, Ill., and is changing the name to Campus Drive-In.”

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