Falcon Drive-In

7400 Collinsville Road,
East St. Louis, IL 62201

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Mounds Drive In After Flood of June 15, 1957

The Mounds Drive-In opened in 1949, near the Cahokia Mounds. 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 theater 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.

Contributed by Bryan

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BlueDevilMN on September 3, 2006 at 4:41 pm

I can say that I never saw a movie here because, well, I was underage! But even at a young age, I knew what notoriety this place had. I do remember from the newspaper ads that Andy Warhol’s “Frankenstein” was shown every weekend…in 3-D!

JAlex on October 26, 2008 at 10:03 pm

When the drive in opened in 1949 it was operated by the Pines Co. Within months, Jablonow-Komm took a 10-year lease of the facility. In 1960, Mid-America (the renamed Jablonow-Komm) bought the venue and renamed it the Falcon, adding to its car-model drive-in names, others being Thunderbird, Capri and Bel-Air.

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Drive-In 54 on March 1, 2012 at 4:35 am

Updated Goggle Earth views..Great overview Bryan!

Stomp on September 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

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

JAlex on November 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Operation closed on January 16, 1983.

davidcoppock on February 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm

Clever use of drive-in speaker posts!!

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