Falcon Drive-In

7798 Collinsville Road,
Collinsville, IL 62234

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Mounds Drive In After Flood of June 15, 1957

Located near the Cahokia Mounds, the Mounds Drive-In opened on July 3, 1949 with Walt Disney’s “Melody Time”. At the time, in a less culturally and historically sensitive era, a few smaller mounds, created by the ancient people of Illinois over a millenium earlier, were bulldozed to make way for the drive-in. It was operated by the Komm Theaters chain. In 1960 it was renamed Falcon Drive-In.

By the 1970’s the Falcon Drive-In was showing porn films. Views of the X-rated movies were sneaked at the tops of nearby mounds.

After the drive-in closed January 16, 1983, it was cleared and incoporated into the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. The name of the former outdoor theatre was retained for a picnic area that sits on part of the Falcon’s site, and some of the old speaker posts have been reused as trail markers.

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Stomp
Stomp on September 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Remember seeing “Legend of Hell House” here in the late 70s early 80s. Awesome!

JAlex
JAlex on November 22, 2015 at 9:47 am

Operation closed on January 16, 1983.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on February 19, 2018 at 5:10 am

Clever use of drive-in speaker posts!!

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on February 27, 2019 at 8:14 pm

Checking the borders with Google Maps, it seems clear that the former Falcon site is in Collinsville. Also, I get a better result on Google Maps with 7798 Collinsville Road.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 11, 2019 at 8:45 pm

A note in the July 9, 1949 issue of BoxOffice narrows the opening date, “The 1,000-car Mounds Drive-In on the Collinsville road near Monks mound has been opened by the owners, the Pimes (sic) Company, controlled by East St. Louis interests.”

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 12, 2019 at 2:19 am

Closed with “Talk dirty to me part 2”, “Platinum Paradise” and “Getting off”. The state of Illinois brought out the drive-in to expand the Cahokia Mounds State Historic site.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 12, 2019 at 2:20 am

Is that a lake behind the screen in the above photo?

JAlex
JAlex on June 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

Opened July 3, 1949 with “Melody Time.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 14, 2019 at 9:43 am

I may have been wrong on labeling Pimes as a misspelling, because that’s the way it was again in the Sept. 3, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

“EAST ST. LOUIS: The recently incorporated Jablonow-Komm Theatres, Inc., of St. Louis has closed a ten-year lease on the Mounds, a 1,000-car drive-in opened by the Pimes Co. July 1 on U.S. 40, the Collinsville road.”

The longer article included another reference to the Pimes company. No, I don’t know why it was called “Pimes,” but I presume it was someone’s name. And if you check the very nice Mounds photo under the Photos tab here on CT, you’ll read the story behind the apparent lake.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on June 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

Not a lake in photo. Heavy rains caused flooding when photo was taken.

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