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Sinoark’s ‘Frontier Room’ Opens October 1959

Phil-Kron drive-in theater, 1959.

Located at the junction of South Main Street and the Route 66 Beltline (now Veterans Parkway), the Phil-Kron drive-in theater (named for business partners Ken Phillips and Pete Karonis) featured a full restaurant built under the movie screen.
Originally known as the Phil-Kron Grill, in late 1958 the restaurant became the Sinorak (Karonis spelled backwards) with an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord for $1.65. One year later, the opening of the Frontier Room (seen here) doubled seating capacity to 600. The Sinorak closed its doors in 1980 and the drive-in followed in September 1984.
Certainly many of you have fond memories of the Sinorak. If so, we’d love to hear them!

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History


Kenton Foundas10/27/19 10:01pm

Went to the Sinorak as a kid. My grandfather ran the buffet for a short period of time. He (George Foundas) had the Sweet Shop downtown, making candy, ice cream, and had a luncheon soda fountain. Also remember the Green Mill, People’s and Corn Belt banks and the TV and radio store down from the candy store. The cab company was under the shop and a tailor upstairs.

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