Anna Drive-In

2523 E. Vienna Street,
Anna, IL 62906

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Previously operated by: Kerasotes Theatres, Rodgers Theatres

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Anna Drive-In, Anna, IL 1988

The Anna Drive-In opened in July 1953, located at the intersection of Routes 146 and 51. It was originally operated by Rodgers Theatres and could accomodate 428 cars. It was later part of the Kerasotes chain.

The Anna Drive-In closed in 1979 and was razed in 1997 to make way for retail and residential development.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

In 1956 still owned by above Theatre chain.

rivest266 on June 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

1963 aerial photo uploaded here.

jwmovies on September 1, 2012 at 4:45 am

Approx. address for this drive-in was 2523 East Vienna Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

A 1954 book, 100 Years of Progress: The Centennial History of Anna, Illinois, says that the Anna Drive-In opened on July 1, 1953. Its pre-CinemaScope screen was 44 feet high and 58 feet wide.

MichaelKilgore on June 18, 2019 at 1:30 pm

A July 20, 1980 article in the Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale agreed with the opening year and provided an approximate closing as the end of the 1979 season. “Business was good and owner I. W. Rodgers would open the Anna Drive-In in 1953. … The drive-in didn’t re-open this spring though and its patched screen looks down on a field of headless poles where speakers once hung.”

kennerado on January 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Was actually demolished by 1993 when only the concession building appeared to remain. Now a Walmart.

MichaelKilgore on March 9, 2023 at 3:21 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 18, 1950: “ANNA, ILL. - The government’s ban on the construction of new amusement and recreational facilities has delayed the plans of Rodgers Theatres of Cairo to build a drive-in near the eastern city limits here. The Rodgers circuit purchased the property early in October.”

Boxoffice, July 11, 1953: “ANNA, ILL. – The Rodgers Drive-In near the eastern city limits had its grand opening Wednesday (1). It is owned and operated by the Rodgers Theatres, Cairo, Ill.”

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