The World Famous Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in began life 60 years ago as a dream when it opened July 9th 1954 with founders Clifford and Joyce Orr starting a tradition of outdoor movies in central Illinois that would continue for decades.
The Harvest Moon withstood the tests of time surviving a tornado in the 70's, the advent of Cable TV, VHS, DVD, Bluray and now online streaming of shows and movies. The theatre was operated by a few folks from the 1950's through the 80's before it was closed due to a lack of interest.
In 1989, the Harvest Moon re-awoke as the dream of local Businessman Mike Harroun. He had successfully run 3 indoor theatres while holding down a full time job, and wanted a place where his young sons would be able to enjoy movies in a safe and fun environment.
After cashing out his life savings, borrowing from friends, and putting his dream on the line, the Harvest Moon Came back to life as a single screen drive-in in the spring of 1989. Thousands of hours of hard work, the help of friends and the community has led to the revival of the aging drive-in theatre.
In 1996, The Harvest Moon became a twin drive-in after erecting a second Screen. The screen originally came from the Starlite Drive-in in Kankakee, and spent a few years at the Clinton Drive-in before arriving at the Harvest Moon.
Nearly two decades later, The Harvest Moon was converted to digital projection in 2013 thanks to the help of thousands of supporters across the country and a loan from the bank. Over $250,000 in upgrades have helped to make the Harvest Moon the premier outdoor theatre in central Illinois.
4k Ultra HD picture, digital 5.1 surround sound via an FM Stereo Transmitter, and that nostalgic 50's atmosphere combine the past and present each night at the World Famous Harvest Moon Twin Drive-in. Open March-October each year.
Don't just watch a movie, come out and experience one at the Imax under the stars.
We're located in the heart of Central IL in the town of Gibson City. The theatre sits on 11 acres of green grass right on Route 47 just outside the city limits. We are 30 Minutes from Champaign-Urbana and 35 minutes from Bloomington-Normal.
Here's a map, but if you get lost, just give us a call and we'll tell you how to get here.
1175 S Sangamon Ave, Gibson City, IL, United States
Route 47 South, across from Pizza Hut
Whether you have a question on what's showing or what food we have, just ask us here. Remember to include all of your info so we can respond. If you have a large party, are planning an event, or need to reach us, drop us a line and we'll hook you up.
General Managers and brothers. They've been operating the drive-in for the past decade, continuing the family tradition.
Owner and the man responsible for keeping the drive-in dream alive since 1989!
Working at a drive-in theatre is truly a unique & exciting job, whether you are a young student looking for seasonal employment or a mature adult of any age looking for additional income. The drive-in can be a very busy place on those hot summer weekends, so we are always looking for motivated employees who are hard-working & energetic!
Because we are an evening business, you must be available to work evenings & weekends. Click below to download our application.