North Twin Drive-In

9425 Lewis and Clark Boulevard,
Jennings, MO 63137

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North Twin Drive-In

C.H. Kaiman opened the North Drive-In on September 17, 1948 with Sonja Henie in “It’s a Pleasure”. It was a single screen theatre with a capacity for 1,000-cars and 150-seats for walk-in patrons. It was taken over by Wehrenberg Theatres in 1962 and was twinned on August 23 1974. The drive-in closed on September 16, 2001 and was demolished a year later.

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JAlex
JAlex on September 26, 2007 at 11:41 am

North Drive-In opened in September 1948.

The building permit was issued to the Northside Amusement Company which was owned by Clarence and Francis Kaimann in addition to Fred Wehrenberg. The Kaimanns, in St. Louis exhibition, are remembered for their many theatres in North St. Louis.

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on February 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Wow, the stories I could tell from my times at the North Twin…ummm, I’d better not….

JAlex
JAlex on February 29, 2008 at 9:28 am

The North became a twin in 1974, not 1973.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on August 10, 2009 at 1:01 pm

For the record, the North Twin was the last remaining drive-in theater in St. Louis County when it closed in 2001.

ahnnamarie
ahnnamarie on October 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm

another note, i was a projectionist at the north and it sat on more acre’s than any other …..50 acre’s the even covered the area on 367 where the gas station sat….

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

More pics (and movie ads) from the North Twin here: St. Louis Flashback Movie & Drive-In Theatres

rivest266
rivest266 on February 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

September 17th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 8, 2020 at 8:09 pm

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Feb. 22, 2002 that Wehrenberg Inc. had sold the North Twin to a real estate developer that week. It also mentioned that it was in Jennings, and (as Kyle Muldrow noted above) was the last active drive-in theater in St. Louis County.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on June 9, 2020 at 4:39 am

The North Drive-In launched on September 17, 1948 with Sonja Henie in “It’s a Pleasure” supported by a Three Stooges short and a Walt Disney cartoon. The single screen D-I became the North Twin on August 23, 1974 with triple features on both screens (American Graffiti/Oklahoma Crude/Something Big on #1 West and Thunderbolt & Lightfoot/White Lightning/Serpico on #2 East). The North Twin closed on September 16, 2001 after double features of “Rush Hour 2” and “Jeepers Creepers” on Screen #1 West and “Two Can Play That Game” and “Ghosts or Mars” on Screen #2 East.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 17, 2020 at 1:11 pm

Motion Picture Exhibitor, Feb. 21, 1962: “The North Drive-In, which opened Feb. 2 for the season, is being taken over by the Wehrenberg Circuit.”

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