51 Drive-In

Old U.S. 51 and Patierdale Road,
Cairo, IL 62914

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MichaelKilgore on June 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

This looks like the same place. From the July 23, 1949 issue of BoxOffice: “CAIRO, ILL. – The 500-car Cairo Drive-In on U.S. No. 51 at Patierdale, a mile north of town, which had been operating nightly since June 17, had a formal opening on July 9. Fred Sullivan, owner, reports the cost was approximately $100,000.”

Sullivan also reported plans to build a second screen to serve a segregated section for blacks.

jwmovies on October 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Approximate location for this drive-in was north of town on Old US 51 (now Hwy 37) NE of Patierdale Rd. Look for the large lot.

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Life's Too Short on March 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I think the screen tower still stood in the 80’s. I remember driving through Cairo around ‘84-'85 on the way to St. Louis. We passed a ruined drive in with seriously overgrown and crumbling screen tower. This is the only Cairo drive-in listed and so must be it. I’m even pretty sure the 51 name was on it.