Olney Drive-In

1180 W. Main Street,
Olney, IL 62450

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Olney Drive-In

The Olney Drive-In was opened in April 1949. By 1955 it was operated by Raymond Worthery. It was closed in the 1980’s.

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TomMc11 on April 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Concession Stand/Projection Booth is still there.

MichaelKilgore on July 27, 2019 at 6:31 am

From the Jan. 1, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

OLNEY, ILL.—Construction of a 450-car drive-in theatre has been started on a ten-acre tract on the north side of route 50 west of the local city limits. It is opposite the skating rink on the Lemay property.

Those interested in the project are H. E. “Barney” Coen, president; C. P. Porter, vice-president; Anson Gher, L. R. Forsyth, John Nix and Robert Hill.

The general contract has been awarded to Leland Jared of Olney, while Robert Hill, whose home is in Evansville, Ind., is personally supervising the construction. The plans call for a screen tower 50 feet high and 55 feet wide. There will be individual car speakers and other modern conveniences for patrons.

It is planned to open the theatre early next April and to operate it until November 15.

50sSNIPES on February 4, 2024 at 8:50 am

The drive-in was still open in the 1980s, but was gone in the 1990s. However, despite the screen being removed by the mid-1990s, both the traces and the concession/projection booths were still standing.

As of 2023, the former projection booth is still standing, but many of its traces were gone.

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