Futura Drive-In

Route 3,
Cahokia, IL

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DPierce1235 on October 6, 2012 at 6:43 am

I remember this differently. We called it “ the thunderbird”. It had a fantastic neon marque with wings flapping. I don’t remember it being an Indian in bird costume. It was not on route 15, as mentioned. Best movie marque around. I don’t remember a drivein east of racetrack on route 15. I wander if that one is confused with the old French village drivein on st Clair avenue to the north. I wish someone could post picture of thinderbird marque. It was bicultural before mid fifties when I first went there as a child.

jwmovies on October 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 850 Water Street. The building for the auto shop is where the snack bar/projection booth stood. Part of the outline is still there.

JAlex on August 21, 2008 at 2:48 am

The Futura was renamed in 1979 the Cahokia South Drive-In. This happened after the Cahokia Drive-In in Alorton had closed.

hegewisch on October 4, 2004 at 10:42 pm

The Futura Drive-In was on Route 3 in Cahokia. I remember it being built in the mid-1960’s and it closed probably around 1980. The rather plain marquee is still there (now retagged Futura Plaza, I believe), and some kind of business is on the property.

The Cahokia Drive-In was on Route 15 in Alorton, IL, just east of where the old Cahokia Downs Racetrack was. It was the one with the dancing neon Indian marquee. The Cahokia was closed around 1980 to make way for the construction of I-255. I drove by after the demolition to see the grand old marquee rolled up into a twisted mess of metal, wire, and neon tubes. A real shame it wasn’t preserved.