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West Chicago, IL: Cascade Drive-In Will Not Reopen for 2019 Season

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019 5:59 PM

Google Street View Image of Theater

The Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago, Illinois was questionable to reopen for the 2019 season, but there was a glimmer of hope that moviegoers in the area would be able to enjoy another summer of movies under the stars.

One of our readers sent us a link to the following message posted to the theater's Facebook page earlier today (paragraph breaks added for readability):

We are sorry to announce to all of you that sadly the Cascade Drive-In theater will not open for 2019 season and beyond. The owner of the land has decided that he will not permit the theater to open and we are unable to continue to provide a rare entertainment to the community of West Chicago and beyond.

The land is not sold and is not under contract nor has any new plan been submitted to the City of West Chicago. The property will simply be vacant and no further operations will be permitted to continue. I can only surmise that the landowner believes he has a better chance to get any future development approval from the city of West Chicago and surrounding community if the business is closed. They have been informed after each of their previous concepts presented for approval from the City that property will be zoned for residential not industrial. All proposals presented were determined by the City, besides not being residential also included heavy semi-truck traffic and were rejected. The rejection had absolutely nothing to do with the Cascade. I was informed even if the Amazon distribution center were to attempt to develop on this location they would turn it down. Again, nothing to do with the Cascade. For last year we have attempted via phone, email and letter to the landowner and his representatives to find out our status and have received no response. A short response was given to our attorney several months ago stating they were waiting for the City to advise them of what they would approve for the property development.

We have operated the Cascade Drive-In for 30 years and paid close to $6,000,000 in rent to the landowner. I have operated Drive-Ins since the 1950's with my late father. Its devastating to us but we always knew the sale would be imminent one day but this scenario of closing with no other use for the property was totally unexpected. A conversation and a decent transition would have been the least we could expect from the landowner. Not often that you see a thriving business to close but its out of our hands. Just want to thank every family that has come to the Cascade and enjoyed the experience of viewing two first run movies on giant outdoor screen.

We want to let everyone know that Saturday 3/23 after 4:00 PM at the Cascade Drive-In we will have Cascade hoodies for sale so come on out and get a piece of nostalgia. Inform anyone that we have equipment such as popcorn poppers, warmers, hot chocolate machine, freezers, grills, and even a golf cart for sale if you know of anyone interested.

Thank you so much. Our hearts are broken!

The theater is located just south of North Avenue (Highway 64), about 1.3 miles east of Highway 59, in the far-western Chicago suburb. It is was the only drive-in within 30 miles, with the Golden Age Cinemas - McHenry Outdoor Theater in McHenry about 31 miles to the north.

Image above: Google Maps Street View image of the Cascade Drive-In in West Chicago, Illinois. Dated August 2017. © 2019 Google. Thanks to Joel Gratcyk for sending us the link!

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