12610 Manchester Road,
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Previously operated by: General Cinema Theatres
Previous Names: Drive-In
The first drive-in in metropolitan St. Louis, the venue opened as the Drive-In on May 24, 1940 with David Niven in “Raffles”. It was part of the Philip Smith chain. Capacity was 500 cars.
With other drive-in theatres opening, the facility was renamed the Manchester Drive-In in 1949. In 1954 it was expanded to accommodate 900-cars.
Located on Manchester Road just west of Ballas Road in Des Peres (a St. Louis suburb), theatre was doomed in 1965 when it was announced a shopping center would be built on the site.
Theatre closed on June 18, 1967 under the management of Philip Smith’s successor firm, General Cinema Corporation.
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