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. 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 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 8:33 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 26, 2006 at 7:21 am

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 10:11 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 8:56 pm

Poor little forgotten theater.

DavidZornig on March 3, 2009 at 2:06 am

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 10:05 am

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

rivest266 on July 23, 2015 at 11:31 pm

Renamed Campus in 1966 and closed in 1977.

jwmovies on September 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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

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