Airway Drive-In

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

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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.

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

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?

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…

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 11:08 am

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

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 10, 2010 at 10:17 am

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/

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on July 10, 2010 at 5:04 am

This page shows a small photo of the old sign:
View link

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Too bad the cheerleader photos do not work anymore.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Last time I was home, the only open business on the site of the Airway was a Shop & Save grocery store. Have they built anything else around it since then?

JAlex
JAlex on April 8, 2009 at 4:07 pm

The first thing to note is the spelling…it is Airway (one word) not Air Way.

Operation began in September 1948 under Henry Halloway. The following year a 30-year lease was negotiated by Midwest Drive-In Theatres…a predecessor General Cinema.

Wehrenberg Theatres took over operation in September 1974…and in May of 1975 the operation was twin-screened.

Wehrenberg operated the drive-in until the closing in November 1986.
On the final night the bills were: Screen #1 – “Trick or Treat” & “Maximum Overdrive”; Screen $ 2 – “Sky Bandits” & “Teen Wolf.”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 21, 2005 at 6:53 pm

So many nights and memories here. One of my earliest memories of going to the movies PERIOD was coming here to see “Jaws” in 1975. Saw Disney movies here all the time too.

My fondest memory, though, was when “Star Wars” finally played here after blowing the roof off the Creve Coeur Cine for months. We packed up the car with family, friends, and a truckload of food. We got here and there was a sign reading “Sorry, Filled”. We had to go all the way back home and come here the next night.

I truly do miss this place.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 25, 2005 at 4:54 pm

This is a photo of the majorette when she was at the drive-in:
View link

And this is a photo of her at her new home at the shopping center:
http://www.drive-ins.com/pictures/motairw08.jpg