Route 4 Drive-In

IL-4 and Harrison Avenue,
Thayer, IL 62615

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MichaelKilgore on June 18, 2021 at 2:51 pm

Springfield’s Daily Illinois State Journal ran a “Now Open” ad for the Route 4 (“North Edge of Thayer”) on June 28, 1950.

MichaelKilgore on June 15, 2020 at 3:03 pm

It lasted through at least 1962. Motion Picture Exhibitor, Oct. 24, 1962: “The Route 4 Drive-In, Thayer, Ill., closed (for the season) Sept. 30. It is owned by Bill Smith.”

moviebuff82 on June 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

not to be confused with another Route 4 drive-in in Paramus, N.J.

MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2019 at 11:43 pm

From the June 10, 1950 issue of BoxOffice:

THAYER, ILL. – While the spring rains have delayed construction of the 300-car drive-in that W. E. Swift, owner of the Gaiety Theatre, Virden, Ill., is building on Route 4 north of here, Swift hopes to have the project ready for opening in the next week or so.

The July 15, 1950 issue had more of the same. “Opening of W. F. Smith’s (sic) new drive-in on Route 4 … has been delayed by frequent rains… The airer, to be known as the Route 4 Drive-In, will accommodate 300 cars.”

jwmovies on March 27, 2019 at 3:02 am

A more accurate address for this theater is now 17615 IL-4, Auburn, IL 62615. This points directly to the house on the entrance road.

Please update.