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Friday, August 13, 2010

Drive-In Theaters...Remember When...?

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remember when there going to be this big documentary about the "Drive in Killers?"

I guess nobody gives a shit after all.

Anonymous said...

Yea, who care?

Anonymous said...

A lot of people care. We've been to the Cascade in W. Chicago a bunch of times, the Midway between Sterling & Dixon a couple of times, and the McHenry up north. The McHenry has a great series coming up of Throwback Weekends. We're going up for a Monty Python night in a couple of weeks, then each of the following weekends have fun stuff. It's a shame that anytime we want to go out to a movie, we have to go outside of Aurora (and of course spend our money there). Of course, we all saw how important it was to tear the HiLite 30 down so all those beautiful houses could be put up. Oh, that's right, it was torn down so Bigelow could turn it into a huge, weed grown vacant lot. Thanks, Tom.

Anonymous said...

Isn't is nice to now have a natural looking prairie lot than a lot covered with popcorn boxes, hotdog/candy wrappers, soda pop cups, human feces and used condoms?

Anonymous said...

Obviously, nobody cares.

Anonymous said...

And how much tax revenue is that "natural looking prairie lot" generating, 12:23 p.m.?

Anonymous said...

How much tax revenue are all the city parks, all of our churches generating, 1:47pm? Does every little piece of ground have to generate a tax revenue for you?

Mark Johnson said...

Yeah, Aurora could of had a nice drive in like that. Due to a moron mayor, and paid flunkies, now you have unfinished houses, higher taxes and over crowded schools! Good job!

Cascade is a gem. It is one of the last memories of a time that was simple. When families did things together.

There are a lot of people who care. Nobody cares about anyone who says a bad word about drive ins.

Kid yourself all you want, but the only thing that happen when Hilite was torn down was the end of an era.

Anonymous said...

No, every little piece of ground doesn't have to generate revenue. My point was, that corner generated revenue for 50+ years and now does not generate anything.

Most churches & parks have been in a particular location for generations. They have never been a source of tax revenue. The drive-in, on the other hand, was a business that brought in plenty of profit (admittedly, during the warm weather months). There is still a demand for drive-in movie entertainment--but now people have to travel a few miles further and SPEND THEIR MONEY in neighboring towns.

All because our mayor & his pals believed Bigelow's promises about the wonderful things they were going to do with that piece of land.

So sad :(

Anonymous said...

It's NOT a natural looking prairie. It's obviously a vacant lot. It's obvious that something was torn down, and is now an abandoned lot covered with weeds due to neglect. Interesting that the city doesn't seem to enforce the ordinances requiring proper maintenance when it's on Bigelow's property.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the Hi-Lite didn't LOOK LIKE SHIT and actually MADE MONEY, it would still be around

Anonymous said...

It DID make money, and there were 2 credible potential operators who tried to keep it going. One of them was the operator who'd been running it for several years. If it wasn't making money, why in the world would they try to keep it going? No, the decision had been made to make sure Bigelow got the land, and Weisner and his minions weren't going to let anything like truth or facts get in the way. As far as the drive-in looking bad, it certainly wasn't luxurious but it didn't look bad during the season; there are other places throughout town that look a lot worse than it did. And it looked better with an open, functioning, profit-making business (including good money from out-of-towners!) than it does now. Your description of "shit" describes its CURRENT appearance.

Anonymous said...

Don where are you now and what has happened to that documentary? Now would be the perfect time for it or at least another trailer. Openline have you heard from him?

Anonymous said...

The "Documentary" was supposed to be released 2 years ago. Too bad.

The drive in had a fence that was falling apart and a building that I would not have pissed on let alone actually buy food from.

If it made a substantial profit, "they" never could have gotten rid of it.

The owner obviously was paid a price that he could not refuse.

Anonymous said...

So now they have a vacant lot with weeds and looks bad and a school district that will get nothing from it like it was promised. To bad they didn't take the money when they could. Now how many section eight homes are in there and how many children will be in the district.

Again Aurora loses because there where some that wanted to fix it up and with today's economy I bet many people would of came to see a movie.

Anonymous said...

The drive-in and the indoor theater drew nothing but low-lifes and scum. Even when the outdoor drive-in was in business, most decent folks still went to the Cascade or Skylark. The morons as you call them, got rid of the bad element and the lost of revenue for that garbage pit was well worth it.

Anonymous said...

If you think it was low-life and scums that went to the drive-in, then it must be people you know. Otherwise, how could you make that statement? The ones I know that went were decent law abiding citizens that enjoyed it. People actually came for other cities to go to the drive-in. Some came for Naperville(going to call them low-life and scum?), Joliet and many other cities. Wonder what they think of you perception of them? I hope someone builds a drive-in across from the skating rink, which is Montgomery. This City would then see the people from Aurora going to it plus other surrounding cities. The people who would go to this drive-in would probably shop at all the stores on RT.34 and stop and eat at all the food venues along this corridor also. Much better selection that what is offered in the are surrounding where the drive-in used to be.

Anonymous said...

The drive-in is gone and no matter how much you cry, it's not coming back, thank GOD. It doesn't take a rocket scientist (which you apparently aren't) to have seen the used condoms laying all over and the wretched, disgusting restrooms. That must be all the decent law abiding citizens you know and all those from Naperville, huh?

Anonymous said...

If it was making money, it would not have been torn down. Simple as that. It's called business 101.

Anonymous said...

7:33 am, BOY are you naive. It is a FACT that it WAS making money. It is a FACT that it WAS torn down. The difference is Bigelow made campaign contributions, Nova didn't. Bigelow wanted the land to build more of his high-density housing, which, if he'd actually build the houses, would end up costing the school district much more than they were ever going to get from the land. Bigelow and Weisner KNEW that the land would not be the acreage promised, nor worth as much as promised, at the very moment they promised it. We know how honest Bigelow is -- remember when he first proposed Hometown, he told the council it was for empty nesters and would have minimal impact on the school district. Then as soon as it was approved, he immediately started marketing it to families. Yes it will never come back, but I doubt Bigelow will ever build anything on it. And I know the school district will never get significant benefit from the land they're being given.

Anonymous said...

Who owned the land?

Did that person sell the land?

Or was the land stolen from them?

If they sold it, it was obviously more profitable to SELL IT THEN KEEP IT.

Yeah, maybe it made a couple thousand a month, but that isn't much.

Anonymous said...

Heck of alot more than it is making now.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to mention that the ones going to it would have been spending money here also, like they did in the past. Therefore more money coming in. Then let us not forget the jobs that were available working there when it was open. Also, when all this went on, the drive-in was not in the City of Aurora. It was up to code for the county. Yes, it is in the past, but still goes to show how low some will go to get what they want and not only does it backfire, but ends up hurting all.