I-44 Drive-In

49 Old Elam Avenue,
Valley Park, MO 63088

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I-44 Drive-In

This was the last drive-in that Wehrenberg Theatres opened. It opened March 31, 1972 and accomodated 300 cars. One of the smaller drive-ins in the St. Louis market. The screen was visible from Interstate 44 and you could see the movie as you passed by from the highway. It closed and is now a land fill. The screen finally came down in 2001.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex on March 22, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Drive-in was a joint operation between Wehrenberg Theatres and Piccione Enterprises.

Facility opened March 31, 1972.

The venue was designed by Gordon and Wilson.

markp on March 22, 2008 at 10:15 pm

From a drive-in to a garbage dump…that’s really really sad.

JAlex on February 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

Ceased operation in September 1984.

Cholla on October 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Wasn’t it a flea market for a while?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I used to fight sleep driving home from a day at Six Flags St. Louis just to catch a glimpse of what was playing on this theatre’s screen.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on November 12, 2012 at 2:48 am

Piccione Enterprises…weren’t they the same family that ran the Varsity Theater in U City? I believe Wehrenberg did booking for that theater, as well as the Apollo when Grace Piccione operated that place.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on November 12, 2012 at 2:49 am

@Cholla: I know the I-44 was a storage lot for trucks and trailers for a while after it closed…and there may have been another business operating out of the lot for a while, but I don’t remember a swap meet ever being there. But that’s just my recollection…maybe someone else can confirm or set the record straight.

rivest266 on February 28, 2016 at 5:06 pm

March 31st, 1972 grand opening ad in photo section.

jwmovies on December 6, 2016 at 10:55 am

Now Peerless Park Demolition. No longer in Peerless Park.

The address for this Drive-in is now 49 Old Elam Ave, Valley Park, MO 63088.

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