Sunset Drive-In

1801 Samuelson Road,
Rockford, IL 61109

700 cars

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TomMc11 on June 29, 2018 at 12:38 am

It’s not mentioned above, but the screen is still standing as well.

booboo_babies on June 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

When this was Lin’s Air Drive-In, the place was called “The Passion Pit”. Actually, I think that “passion pit” could have described all of the drive-ins back then for those who were there on dates.

KenLayton on April 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I hope you can get this theater rebuilt and open again.

LissaLewis2014 on April 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm

To let u all know we know the issues with the neighbors and have been in touch with the owners as to reopening no porn but a full fledge drive in again we have a facebook page f interested in becoming involved.

Scott on July 30, 2013 at 11:14 am

I remember seeing “The Buddy Holly Story” here in 1978. It was a fun show and it was well attended. Had no idea at the time that drive ins were winding down.

hototheyo on July 29, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Too many pretentious prix out there. Sure you show a lot of gore and violence…but heaven forbid that there is a bare boobie! ….And people screwing on camera. HOLD THE PHONES!!! Sex is how we got here folks. Adult films just celebrate it. Bring back the Sunset Drive in with the adult films. Watch as the summer heats up!

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Drive-In 54 on February 24, 2012 at 7:33 am

After looking at the aerial view, I can see the concern of the neighbors about the location. Must of DI’s built back in day were out in the county with no neighbors that close. I would think that they would have been better off locating the DI in a more secluded location, instead of opening this one back up.

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm

This opened as Lin’s Air Drive-In on May 30th, 1950 and closed in 1970. It reopened in June 1971 as Sunset Drive-In. I have uploaded an aerial and both grand opening ads.

rebeltag on February 22, 2007 at 3:59 am

A Buffalo Grove couple is trying to re-open the Sunset. At this point, the project looks like a go: View link

JimG on February 21, 2007 at 10:49 am

Some people are trying to re-open the Sunset but there is neighborhood opposition see Rockford news paper Feb. 20,2007

JimG on February 19, 2007 at 6:32 am

Don’t forget about the River Lane drive in in Loves Park,Il. Also the Sunset was originaly called Lin’s Air Theatre. It had the largest outdoor screen in the area possibly the nation.

gkmc92 on January 23, 2007 at 8:01 am

Can anyone tell me when the old Sunset Drive-In Theatre closed in Rockford,Il?????????? Thanks,please email