Skyline Drive-In

Natural Bridge Road,
Bridgeton, MO 63145

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Skyline Drive-In

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The Skyline Drive-In was opened June 21, 1950 with a capacity of 600 cars. Located on Natural Bridge Road across from Lambert Field, the drive-in operated until January 1960. The land was then used for an expansion of the airport.

The theatre was built and operated by Ray Parker who leased it to Herbert Hartstein in 1958. It was Labor Day 1958 when the theatre’s screen was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The audience saw firemen at work instead of a movie that evening. It was thought the venue might not reopen as it was known Lambert Field would be expanding onto the site, but it did reopen in October and operated another year or so.

Contributed by Jerry Alexander

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jwmovies
jwmovies on November 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Approx. location for this drive-in was about a block north of 10895 Lambert International Boulevard. The part of the airfield at that location was where the drive-in stood.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 25, 2016 at 3:29 pm

June 21st, 1950 grand opening ad in photo section.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on February 25, 2016 at 10:58 pm

The drive-in was to the south of Lambert International Airport. I don’t think the drive-in property was bought by the airport. Interstate 70 is between Natural Bridge Road and the airport.

Kenmore
Kenmore on February 26, 2016 at 6:03 am

It certainly appears from comparing the photos from 1958 and 1971 that the airport did expand considerably. Currently, the American Airlines St. Louis Ground Operations Center sits on the property.

JAlex
JAlex on February 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

That Google map is not helping a bit. Where the Metrolink stop is was, some 50-60 years ago, where Natural Bridge Road ran.

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