2050 N. Hicks Road,
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Previously operated by: Schoenstadt
Previous Names: 53 Outdoor Theatre
One of the more popular of the suburban Chicago-area drive-in theaters, the 53 Outdoor Theatre originally opened in 1960 with a single screen and a capacity from 765 cars. Opening movies were Van Johnson in “Subway in the Sky” & Yul Brynner in “Solomon and Sheba”. It was located near Route 12 and Route 53 in the northwestern suburb of Palatine.
In the mid-1970’s, two more screens were added to the 53 Drive-In. Until the 1980’s, the 53 Drive-In played everything from art movies to Z-grade horror movies to adult films. During its last few years in operation, the 53 Drive-In played mainly mainstream commercial Hollywood fare.
It closed in 1986 and was demolished a year later to make way for a UPS shipping facility.
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