The drive-in theater is coming back to Peoria

By Chad Weber

August 17, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:04 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- You can feel the nostalgia in the air over the Landmark theater empty lot.

The construction of something distant yet familiar is coming back to Peoria.

"There is no movie going experience like a drive-in experience," said Landmark General manager Zachary Washburn.

Washburn grew up working at a drive-in theater and said he jumped on the first opportunity to bring that experience back to Peoria.

"The appeal for it is that it's almost like your staying at home and going out at the same time," he said. "Some folks who would like to say well its nice to be able to sit in my car and have a cigarette or talk on my cell phone if that's what they choose to do and when your in a secluded space you have just that option available."

The generation gap between movie goers who frequented drive-ins back in the day and those who are new to them may be evident but the freedoms they hope to enjoy are the same.

"You can sit in the convenience of your own car, you don't have to worry about disturbing anybody else," said Bob Hierman who used to enjoy watching movies at drive-in theaters.

"I know that with me and my friends we like to be loud," said 14 year old Jenna Schultz. "Sometimes you have to worry about disturbing other people but I guess with a drive-in movie it wouldn't really be like that."

The lot holds room for 205 vehicles and the audio will be transmitted over an FM signal.

Washburn said if the public gets behind the theater, more improvements are to come.

"A more permanent screen structure, " said Washburn, "A food trailer that we could actually have licensed and be able to prepare, the entire parking lot redone with asphalt"

The projector starts rolling August 24th for the first double feature of Cars and American Graffiti.

Tickets for adults are $5 dollars, Children are $3, and the maximum cost for a car is $20.

Movies will run 7 days a week and will have a double feature each night.

Washburn said he hopes to continue showing movies as long as the weather lets him.

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