7400 Collinsville Road,
East St. Louis,
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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 Komms Theaters chain. In 1960 it was renamed Falcon Drive-In.
By the late-1970’s, when the Falcon Drive-In closed, it 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.
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