ABC Drive-In

2443 W. Walter Zimny Drive,
Posen, IL 60469

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Previously operated by: Essaness Theaters Corp.

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ABC Outdoor Theatre

Located south of the Blue Island district south of Chicago, near Posen. The ABC Drive-In was opened on October 19, 1950 with James Stewart in “Broken Arrow”. It was operated by Midlothian Outdoor Inc. and Essaness Theatres Corp. It was closed in summer of 1967 screening Harry H. Corbett in “Carry on Screaming” and was demolished later in 1967.

Contributed by Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

bbrown1 on March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

According to an ad in the BLUE ISLAND SUN STANDARD on Sept 27th, 1951, the ABC Outdoor Theatre was located at “14th and Western”. They were showing THAT’S MY BOY and IRON MAN. Next features were ON MOONLIGHT BAY andCATTLE DRIVE"

mungojerry on May 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

I went to this outdoor theater a few times with my parents in the late ‘50s, and remember its location being just west of Western Avenue and south of 147th street near Posen. The single screen was situated on the east end of the lot, facing west. It closed in the early '60s and was immediately demolished (Status s/b “Demolished”)as the land was acquired to build Interstate 57.

jwmovies on August 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm

This one was taken out by a freeway! The Hwy 57/83 junction was where it stood on the NW part of the freeway aerial. The correct city and zip is Posen, IL 60469.

Dawn on January 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Thank you for this info. My parents always talk about this drive-in and outside of an aerial photo I saw years ago this is the first actual photos of the theater. I know it was closed because of I-57 which is a shame.

jwmovies on October 22, 2014 at 1:20 am

Correction to address above:

Current address is 2443 W Walter Zimny Dr.

Please update.

davidcoppock on September 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Opened on 19/10/1050 with “Broken arrow”.

50sSNIPES on September 18, 2022 at 10:54 am

Closed in the mid-1960s, and was demolished in 1967 due to extension of Interstate 57.

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