McHenry Outdoor Theater getting ready for 2013

A recent story in the Northwest Herald, which serves McHenry County IL, described how a few seasonal businesses there were preparing for the return of warm weather. After spending the first half talking about an ice cream parlor, the article began discussing something we care about, the McHenry Outdoor Theater of McHenry IL. You may remember…

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It’s Drive-In Reopening Season

With the last weekend of March upon us, it’s time to welcome the return of several drive-ins to active duty. The Belleville (IL) News-Democrat reports that the Skyview is scheduled to reopen today. The Essex-Middle River (MD) Patch reports that Bengies will open on or before April 12. And our old friend the Harvest Moon…

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Clark 54 Drive-In for sale, cheap

KHQA, the Tri-States’ News Leader, reports that the Clark 54 Drive-In of Summer Hill IL is for sale, and the official Clark 54 web site confirms it. According to KHQA, owner Mike Glass isn’t selling because of the looming conversion to digital projection or a lack of business, but “for personal reasons.” Okay. The Clark…

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Harvest Moon reaches its fundraising goal

The Paxton (IL) Record reports that the Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In (Gibson City) reached its fundraising goal of $165,000 and will reopen for a new season on March 29. We’ve been following this saga on Carload here and here. Manager Ben Harroun said that he’s waiting to hear from his supplier to know when the new digital…

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Harvest Moon enters final fundraising push

There’s a short video update on the Harvest Moon Drive-In (Gibson City IL), previously chronicled here. WMBD, central Illinois’ new leader, said a couple of weeks ago that the Harvest Moon’s fundraiser has “been successful so far” but needs another $14,000 by the middle of February. When what happens, exactly? I don’t know, especially since the…

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Cascade also turned to Kickstarter

From the St. Charles (IL) Patch comes word that the Cascade Drive-In (West Chicago) tried a Kickstarter campaign to help finance its conversion to digital projection. That seems to be the Illinois thing to do, as shown by the Midway (Palmyra), the Harvest Moon (Gibson City) and the McHenry Outdoor Theater (McHenry). The article makes the…

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Peoria drive-in gets zoning okay

The odd saga of the Peoria IL drive-in that was set up in the parking lot of an indoor movie theater has taken another positive turn. CentralIllinoisProud.com reports that the Peoria Zoning Commission has approved a permit to allow the drive-in to take up permanent residence there. The commission suggested that the site improve its…

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