Salem Drive-In

2761 S. Route 37,
Salem, IL 62881

400 cars

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Previous Names: Mac's Drive-In

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Salem Drive-In

A rarity in the 21st century, this newly-opened (August, 2003) drive-in theater, built by Carl McSparin, is one of less than a dozen still still in operation in Illinois. McSparin wants to reintroduce a new generation who are largely unfamiliar with outdoor theaters to the ozoner.

The drive-in can accomodate about 400 cars, and screens first-run features. Built in the middle of a former hayfield, outside of Salem, Mac’s Drive-In is the first newly built drive-in to open in Illinois in over 25 years.

By 2009. it had been renamed Salem Drive-In. It had closed by spring 2011.

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lynelle135 on June 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

This theater is apparently known as the Salem Drive-In now. The website address is

lynelle135 on June 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I photographed this drive-in last weekend. Sadly it appears to no longer be operational. The word I got from the locals was that the salvage yard next door purchased the land and is using it as additional space for cars and car parts.

nicestory on September 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

I would love to find the former owner of this drive-in and include them in my documentary about the Hi Lite 30 drive-in in Aurora.

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