Robin Drive-In

6903 W. State Street,
Rockford, IL 61102

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Previously operated by: Balaban, H & E

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Robin Drive-In

The Robin Drive-In, one of three outdoor theaters located around Rockford at one time (also including the Belford Drive-In and Sunset Drive-In), it was opened in August 1950. It could park 726 cars. On May 29, 1984 a tornado knocked down the screen and the Robin Drive-In never reopened.

The property is still undeveloped, though traces of the drive-in, like the frame of the marquee and the foundation of the concession stand, still exist, though the area has become heavily overgrown.

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Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

rivest266 on November 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I uploaded an aerial photo of the drive-in as well as its grand opening ad from August 11th, 1950.

oldfolkie on January 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

As kids, we used to love The Robin. Not for the movies, but because of the great kiddie playground in front of the screen. We’d sometimes become disappointed when we’d have to go back to the car when the movies started.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 17, 2012 at 9:31 pm

It was owned by the Robin Theatre Company in 1956.

DavidZornig on June 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

Two 1950 photos added courtesy of the Rockford Rewind Facebook page.

booboo_babies on June 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Too bad that the Robin wasn’t repaired and reopened after the tornado. As a child, I went to the movies here with my parents. My parents didn’t have a great marriage and it was no surprise when they divorced. But they were always in a good mood when they went to the Robin, no matter what issues they had.

Kenmore on June 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm

The property sat for years after the drive-in closed basically untouched until 2005 or so when everything was removed.

Today, the land is clear with no trace that a drive-in ever existed. Even the foundation for the concession stand has been removed.

MichaelKilgore on October 11, 2021 at 9:52 pm

Motion Picture Herald, Jan. 27, 1951: “The H & E Balaban circuit purchased two drive-ins, the 600 car Hilltop at Joliet and the 750 car Robbins (sic) at Rockford.”

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