Bel-Air Drive-In to be demolished for a shopping center

posted by PiD on January 1, 2007 at 7:52 am

CICERO, IL — Plans are in motion to build a couple big box stores on the site of the former Bel-Air Drive-In.

Cicero trustees have approved plans for a Wal-Mart store and a Lowe’s Home Improvement store to be built near 31st Street and Cicero Avenue, at the site of a former drive-in movie theater, the Bel-Air, said a spokesman for the developer, Monroe Investment Partners of Chicago.

Prior to the Bel-Air drive-in, the property was used as a landfill and a quarry. The 217,000-square-foot Wal-Mart and the 150,000-square-foot Lowe’s stores are expected to open at the end of 2007 or in early 2008.

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Comments (6)

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 1, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Kind of a bummer I guess. I remember when this place was up and running. But it has been a pasture of urban decay for quite a while now, and the odds of it ever opening again are slim.

GFeret on January 2, 2007 at 11:35 am

My first drive-in experience! Saw PSYCHO, WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE, THE LAST VOYAGE….it was a big thing to have a kiddie playground (right below the screens) for us then.

CHICTH74 on January 2, 2007 at 9:39 pm

I recall going to this drive-in when i was a child also i recall how people would bring folding chairs and sit on the bridge at 31st street and watch the movie.

James Colburn
James Colburn on January 3, 2007 at 7:36 pm

Wow…do you think that one day will be a historic Wal-Mart and Lowes?? I think not! maybe there will be many memories made there. Like a first Date..or make out session at Walmart. Good luck! HAHAHAHA

mp775 on January 17, 2007 at 8:07 am

Certainly the same was said of drive-ins when they began to supplant traditional movie theaters.

darkstarv on January 23, 2007 at 1:38 pm

All through November and December I fought with the city clerk of Cicero to get them to respond to my Freedom of Information request to determine the ownership of the land. My partners and I were going to explore the possibilities of resurecting the Bel Air. Cicero was helpful at first but now I know why the refused to assist me. Obviosly they want the tax base from the big box retailer. Another example of corporate interests trampling small business.

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