Air-Park Drive-In

13427 Luber Road,
Highland, IL 62249

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Previous Names: Highland Drive-In, Highland Air-Park Drive-In

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Air-Park Drive-In

The Highland Drive-In was opened in 1947. In 1950 it was renamed Highland Air-Park Drive-In. In June 1955 it was taken over by Robert L. Costilow and renamed Air-Park Drive-In. It was located across from the airport. Now part of the country club next to it.

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Kenmore on August 16, 2018 at 3:39 pm

A closer address is 3321 Fairway Dr, Highland, IL. A 1991 aerial photo shows part of the ramps remaining at that location with most of the property covered by a pond.

Today, there is no trace of the drive-in remaining.

davidcoppock on August 16, 2018 at 10:36 pm

Is the airport still there?

dallasmovietheaters on March 28, 2020 at 8:39 am

When J.W. Thompson closed the Strand Theatre in nearby Pochahontas for a remodel, he launched his Air-Park Auto Theatre in 1947 near the Highland Airport. The concept was that you could fly in or drive-in. When the venue had its seasonal opening in 1950, it changed its name to the Highland Airpark Drive-In Theatre. In 1954, the theatre was simply called the Air-Park Drive-In Theatre. It closed after the 1955 season and does not appear to have reopened.

MichaelKilgore on September 19, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Motion Picture Exhibitor, June 15, 1955: “In Highland, Ill., the Air Park Drive-In, 300 cars, will be taken over by R. L. Costilow, a teacher in the Highland High School. Prior to his teaching job here, Costilow had experience in theatre operations in the middle west. Adolph P. List had operated the drive-in since July 30, 1953.”

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