7994 Old Highway 13,
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Previous Names: Waring Auto Drive-In
Often listed as being in Carbondale, IL, it was located on the Southwest corner of the intersection of Old Highway 13 and Country Club Road. The Waring Auto Drive-In opened on July 3, 1948 with Brian Donlevy in “A Gentleman After Dark”. It had spaces for 500 cars. It was operated by W.E. Waring Jr. of the Ritz Theatre, Cobden, IL.
In January 1967 it was taken over by Mid-America Theatres and renamed the Campus Drive-In, after its proximity to Southern Illinois University. During the 1970’s, it played mostly horror and adult movies, before closing on September 18, 1977 with Richard Harris in “Orca” & Bradford Dillman in “Bug”. The drive-in has since been demolished and a hog farm is on the site today.
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