Airway Drive-In

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

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Airway at Night

Opened September 23, 1948 with Walt Disney’s “Song of the South”. 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 theatre in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s to put up an otherwise completely generic and uninteresting strip mall named Airway Shopping Center.

Contributed by Kevin Schneider

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 6, 2011 at 3:25 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 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

@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 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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 3:25 pm

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

crossstitcher
crossstitcher on July 12, 2011 at 3:38 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

September 23rd, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 27, 2018 at 12:05 am

Opened with 6 comedy cartoons(not named), and “Song of the south”. The majorette neon sign is similar to the majorette neon sign from the former Campus Drive-in in San Diego, California, not at the shopping center on the site now. Where is the Airway Drive-in majorette neon sign now?

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 27, 2018 at 12:06 am

The shopping center is called Airway Shopping Center.

Kenmore
Kenmore on October 27, 2018 at 5:08 am

The neon sign hasn’t moved, it’s still at the entrance to the shopping center.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 27, 2018 at 8:26 am

Is it the original marquee too(minus the word Drive-in)? The Airway name looks the same too.

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