3525 N. Vermilion Street,
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The Dixie Drive-In was opened around Easter of 1949. Located just north of Liberty Lane on Illinois Route 1 (North Vermilion Street also known as the Dixie Highway). The original 63 feet by 58 feet wide tower was patterned after the front of a typical Southern mansion. The back of the tower had the screen. Was built for 700 cars.
The original builders were Roy O'Keefe amd James Wendling. Original cost of construction was $125,000. The original tower was destroyed in a thunder/wind storm June 10, 1963 and was replaced with a non-descript screen. Later expanded to a three screen, showed last films in 1983 and was torn down in May 1985. A car wash and apartment building were built on the site of the drive-in.
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