Tuscola Drive-In

1012 N. County Road 800 E,
Tuscola, IL 61953

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Tuscola Drive-In

This single screen drive-in could accomodate about 350 cars. It was opened by 1953. From 1960 it was part of the Kerasotes Theatres chain who operated it for many years. The theater closed in 1981 and was demolished in the late-1980’s. The property has become farmland without any evidence of its former existence.

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allanhowls
allanhowls on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 am

This is where I saw my first movie as a child. The first thing I remember seeing there was “Young Frankenstein.”

Mmandarano
Mmandarano on September 27, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Allanhowls, do you remember a more specific address for this drive-in?

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on July 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

It is on: N County Road 800 E, Tuscola, Illinois 61953 To get a exact address might be tuff.

Look for the silo in the middle of the farm field and that is it!!

Kenmore
Kenmore on April 22, 2016 at 4:40 pm

A closer address (according to Google) is 1012 North Co Road 800 E, Tuscola, Illinois 61953. That is right next to what is left of the drive-in, a feint outline including the ramps with a silo in the middle. http://tinyurl.com/jkr95rz

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

The Nov. 21, 1953 issue of BoxOffice mentioned that George Barber owned a drive-in “about a mile and a half west and south of Tuscola, where he operated the Strand.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on August 13, 2019 at 2:03 am

“TUSCOLA, ILL. – Kerasotes Theatres of Springfield has purchased the Strand Theatre and the Tuscola Drive-In from George Barber, who is retiring from the theatre business.” — Boxoffice, April 25, 1960

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