Airway Drive-In

10634 St Charles Rock Road,
St. Ann, MO 63074

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Airway Drive-In

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The Airway Drive-In in St. Louis County had a capacity for 800 cars, and was operated by General Cinema. It had a cool 1950’s cheerleader on the sign. They saved the sign and cheerleader when they decided to tear down the theater in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s to put up an otherwise completely generic and uninteresting strip mall.

Contributed by Kevin Schneider

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Too bad the cheerleader photos do not work anymore.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 10, 2010 at 4:23 am

Air-Way Drive-in parked 800 cars and was owned in 1956 by Clarence Kaimann.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm

This page shows a small photo of the old sign:
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RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

The sign depicted a majorette (not a cheerleader). Her baton twirled but I don’t think she ever threw it and caught it. From the neon tubing, it appears that her legs also moved. Here is a nice photo from 2007:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eggsngrits/415967991/

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Found this on drive-ins.com. It’s a newspaper listing from August 1982 with all Wehrenberg Drive-Ins at that time. The poster’s name is Tim Haye. Does he post on here? If so, I wonder if he could post this on this site…and maybe other newspaper clippings he’s scanned.

Anyway, here’s the link: http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/motairw015.jpg

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

@Kyle: You know I’m doing back flips, somersaults, belly flops and dancing like my 5 year old kid after a few too many candy bars! Pure awesomeness!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 7, 2011 at 4:41 am

@Chris: I know what you mean…I’ve been sneaking peaks at it all day long!!! That was the peak of the Wehrenberg drive-in dynasty, which was right after Arthur Theaters went bankrupt. However, about four years later, only two of those drive-ins (North Twin and 66) would still be open…

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 7, 2011 at 4:49 am

Can’t help but include this: The date of that newspaper ad was August 11, 1982…which was a Wednesday (source: http://www.timeanddate.com). It was also the year I graduated high school…and that date was about two weeks before I started my first semester of college at UMSL…where do the good times go?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 17, 2011 at 11:25 pm

More pics (and fond recollections) of the Airway here: St. Louis Flashback Movie & Drive-In Theatres

crossstitcher
crossstitcher on July 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I used to live in St. Ann. The girl was definitely a majorette! The drive-in looked really cool—I remember it still being open when we first moved there—you could see movies as you drove by (no audio, of course!). I’m very glad they saved the sign, but the shopping center was indeed unremarkable in itself.

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