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The Cascade Outdoor Theatre opened on August 4, 1961 with Troy Donahue in “Parrish” & Henry Fonda in “Mister Roberts”. In recent years it was one of the only remaining drive-in theatres in the Chicagoland area in operation. It was also the largest in Illinois with parking for over 1,275 cars. It was opened by the Kohlberg Theatres chain, and in 1989, the son of the founder of that chain purchased the Cascade Drive-In and owns and ran it.
The Cascade Drive-In screened double-features, and was open from April to October, seven nights a week. It was closed on November 11, 2018 with “The Grinch” & “A Star is Born”. Its lease expired in March 2019 and sadly the Cascade Drive-In was closed forever. In April 2020 there were hopes it may reopen.