Blue Moonlight Drive-In

2875 West Main Street,
Galesburg, IL 61401

450 cars

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres

Previous Names: Galesburg Drive-In

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Blue Moonlight Drive-In

Originally opened as the Galesburg Drive-In in 1949, this drive-in lasted until 1980 and had been operated by the Kerasotes chain. When its current owners purchased the property in the mid-1980’s, they initially used it for an antique tractor restoration business, but starting in 2004, the owners, the Carlsons, began a restoration of the long-shuttered drive-in.

After more than a year of hard work, the restoration and renovation of the outdoor theatre was completed, and as of early-August 2005, it had reopened. Renamed the Blue Moonlight Drive-In, this theatre featured first-run movies, a newly refurbished concession stand, a children’s playground, and free admittance for children under 12. It was closed on October 17, 2020.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Mhendri961 on July 11, 2007 at 11:57 am

I like their amazing snack shack. They serve a full menu and even have tables for a sit down meal. Their tenderloins cover the plate and I like to put ice cream on their home made pies and brownies!

MichaelKilgore on June 24, 2017 at 5:51 pm

During the weekends of June 2017, the Blue Moonlight’s four movies (all free) were: Split Decisions (1988), The Smurfs (1981), Rambo III (1988), and Jetsons: The Movie (1990).

All indications are this is a great place to visit, (I want one of those tenderloins!), but it should no longer be considered First Run.

MichaelKilgore on June 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

By the way, the IMPAs listed the Galesburg through their final drive-in list in 1988. I know that the IMPAs were sometimes slow to notice closed theaters, but it would make me want to double-check that 1980 closure date.

davidcoppock on June 24, 2017 at 6:50 pm

Blue Moonlight is an interesting name!!

dallasmovietheaters on June 30, 2022 at 10:37 am

Closed after October 17, 2020 showing of “The Polar Express.”

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