Pekin Drive-In

1814 N. 8th Street,
Pekin, IL 61554

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Pekin Drive-In

The Pekin Drive-In was opened August 26, 1950 with Randolph Scott in “The Nevadan”. It was operated by E.V. Youngblook, W.H. McKee, Al Byrd & S.B. Greiver. It was destroyed by a tornado in 1954. Now Stor-n-Loc.

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Kenmore on February 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Apparently, the Pekin Drive-In was destroyed by a tornado in 1954 and never reopened.

davidcoppock on February 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

“Could they not afford to rebuilt?”

dallasmovietheaters on February 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm

“Could they not afford to rebuild?” A dominant chain in the Central and West Central Illinois, Kerasotes Theatres, had built a superior, widescreen drive-in to compete with the Pekin Drive-In in 1953. Given that the owners had already built two screen towers for less than four years of total service, my guess is that it, indeed, wasn’t a wise business move to rebuild circa 1954.

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