Dining, Family Fun and Amusement
Sterling , IL

The Beauty of Watching a Film Under the Stars 

The Midway Drive-In opened in 1950 in Sterling, Illinois and has been in continuous operation ever since. The Drive-In is a genuine historical landmark as it is home to the oldest standing Drive-In screen in Illinois complete with a step back in time, concession stand that was restored to it's grandest glory. A film presentation of the National Anthem is played at the start of the first film and to complete your nostalgic overload, at intermission, the animated "Dancing Hot Dog" short (and other classics) will be played. The only thing missing is John Travolta stranded while singing!

Midway is a beautiful family-friendly venue with a classic retro “spaceship” ticket booth, a Giant 90 foot screen, and a kids playground right up front. The spacious Midway Drive-In parking lot can hold up to 500 cars with an updated sound format. Gone are the old “in car” speakers. Now, the sound is transmitted to your car via FM stereo. Just tune your car or portable radio to 91.3 FM and you will receive the sound in dynamic FM stereo.

The Midway Diner has a classic self-serve Drive-In design and offers a full restaurant menu including Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Corn Dogs, Nachos, Candy, Ice Cream, French Fries, Onion Rings, Fried Cheese Sticks, Pizza, Cotton Candy, a wide variety of Soda, and of course, Popcorn. 

Going to Midway is like entering a time capsule to the 1950’s.  Click on their website for additional information on the Midway Drive-In Theater & to find out what's showing.

Additional Info

  • What To Do: Dining, Family Fun and Amusement
  • Address: 91 Palmyra Rd
  • City: Sterling
  • State: IL
  • Postcode: 61081
  • Telephone: (815) 622-2900
  • E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Season Open: see website for details
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