The abandoned Bel Air Drive In movie theatre. Chicago Illinois USA. July 2005.

Jan 10, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Eddie's Rail Fan Page

I took this photo one hot summer afternoon in July of 2005. The Bel Air Drive In Theatre was located at South Cicero Avenue and West 31st Street at the border of west suburban Cicero Illinois. via Eddie's Rail Fan Page

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Jan 22, 2008
 

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Towards the end, the Bel-Air was tagged by bangers and probably used by vagrants as a campsite.
rocky mountain high

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Feb 27, 2008
 
i used to work there with lots of cicero friends back in 1974-75,we had a blast

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Berwyn, IL

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Feb 28, 2008
 
Bring it Back!
rocky mountain high

Morgantown, WV

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Feb 28, 2008
 
anyone else used to work there mmm.tell what year plz,1974-75 for me, seen all the bruce lee movies ,lol
Just Wondering

Columbia, MO

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Apr 23, 2008
 
haven't been to a drive in movie since it closed. many many many good times there!!!!!to my friends from 1973 to 1989 miss you all. except yo... i still talk to you... grats on your second grandbaby
NONAME

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#6
Apr 24, 2008
 
walmart coming to cicero at cicero and 31st
will boogie

Chicago, IL

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#7
Jul 5, 2008
 
I seen the first batman movie and ghostbusters movie there. bring it back.
Tesha

Chicago, IL

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Jul 12, 2008
 
Bring it Back. Those were the Good Days. The movie theatre now are too crowded and nosy. At the drive in you didn't have to deal with all the nonsense.
Fresh Coffee

Hardy, AR

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Jun 6, 2012
 
I worked there from 1983-84. It wasn't my first job, but it was the most fun I've ever had, while getting paid! The two summers (and renovations in the winter) I spent there were 75% fun!

The only thing that sucked was the "manager" on the North side (I worked on the South side) was an absolute bitch. I won't mention any names. She was an incompetent fool, who thought she was the s**t because, her husband was the manager. She was horrible!!!

Other than that, nothing but good times and great memories!
Jon

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Nov 2, 2012
 
rocky mountain high wrote:
i used to work there with lots of cicero friends back in 1974-75,we had a blast

I worked there from '72-74 and those were my exact words. We had a blast.
WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT CICERO

Channahon, IL

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#11
Nov 3, 2012
 
a good friend of the family james berkos bought the land which was a junk yard back in the early 1950's.it remained that way till mr.berkos along with a few other cicero politicans leased it to m&r amusement co.they in turned devoleped the land for a drive in.
i had free passes for years until the late 1970's when we all moved to fl.
we all enjoyed the bel-air drive in and had many happy,fun filled hours there.and with the way cicero became over the years,it was best that it closed when it did.
Jon

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#12
Nov 6, 2012
 
What was the name of that big store across the street from the belair. I remember goodmans at 18 & cicero. And cicero could not have a drive in today.
no more

Charleston, WV

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Apr 8, 2013
 

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no cicero is gone to the mexs filth ' drugs' gangs 'little mexs all over the place' slumville'i heard there putting a electric fence around cicero' soon to keep them from spreading through the country' you like burned tacos
mrs_italia

Cicero, IL

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Nov 20, 2013
 
no more wrote:
no cicero is gone to the mexs filth ' drugs' gangs 'little mexs all over the place' slumville'i heard there putting a electric fence around cicero' soon to keep them from spreading through the country' you like burned tacos
really? alittle racist dont you think? lets not forget all the bad stuff and crime and murders going on when capone was in cicero.it has nothing to do with the race that lives in cicero at all this place went to hell in the capone era! learn your facts before you start throwing racism out there a poor excuse to use for our government not knowing how to do its job!!!
and your comment was also comepletely off topic!
Robert M

Nashville, TN

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Dec 8, 2013
 
Jon wrote:
What was the name of that big store across the street from the belair. I remember goodmans at 18 & cicero. And cicero could not have a drive in today.
The store in Question was Community Store. It had to floors. All shoes were on the upper level and clothing and all other goods were down stairs. That's where my mom bought my jeans at.
My friends father operated the Standard Oil service station across from the Drive Inn on 31st & Cicero.
Happy Kwanzaa

Alamogordo, NM

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Dec 8, 2013
 
Yep, bring it back, just like Riverview, because I truly miss calling that place "N%ggerview".
jon

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Dec 8, 2013
 
Robert M wrote:
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The store in Question was Community Store. It had to floors. All shoes were on the upper level and clothing and all other goods were down stairs. That's where my mom bought my jeans at.
My friends father operated the Standard Oil service station across from the Drive Inn on 31st & Cicero.
yea,I used to get my nylon mesh shoes there
benny

Nitro, WV

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Jan 27, 2014
 
there was another one cicero ave above cermac
jon

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Jan 28, 2014
 
benny wrote:
there was another one cicero ave above cermac
the only big store was goodmans at 18th and cicero on the west side of the street.
obozo

Winfield, WV

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Jan 28, 2014
 
yeah like i said goodmans t

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