61 South Drive-In

8828 Highway 61-67,
Pevely, MO 63070

600 cars

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61 South Drive-In

This 600 car ozoner opened April 12, 1951 with John Payne in “Tripoli”. It was owned by John Kohler. It had a long run serving the people of Jefferson County. Towards the end it would hold flea markets on the week ends and show the movies at night. It finally went to a week-end only operation and soon closed as a drive-in giving way to being a flea market only. The drive in still stands and was used for the flea market. It still had the big 61 South road side marquee announcing events at the flea market. The flea market has now closed.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre on January 9, 2007 at 10:16 am

It looks like the plaintiff in this suit was headed to the outhouse one night when she was accidentally shot by the projectionist at the adjacent drive-in:

kschneiderstl on November 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Flea market is now closed. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/281464/3/Pevely-Flea-Market-closing-after-decades-in-business

jwmovies on August 30, 2012 at 6:57 am

Approx. address is 8828 Commercial Boulevard.

Chris1982 on September 16, 2014 at 1:25 am

Commercial Boulevard and Highway 61-67 are one in the same.

Gab on January 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

The owners name was Jim Kohler.. His wife’s name was Robbie. My dad Tom Gabbert was the projectionist there for many years in the 70’s. I spent a big part of my childhood spent there. Great memories. Helping my dad with speaker checks.. Going my friendsmany weekends.. I even remember a big bbq the Kohlers had for employees the day all the new playground equipment was installed. Loved that place!! (Not sure who stated a protectionist shot someone.. Sure wasn’t my dad.. Never heard anything about that happening.)

bbrown1 on August 16, 2018 at 10:43 am

Just recently, the city of Pevely sponsored the showing of a movie at this drive-in, and there is now a Facebook group dedicated to “Restoring the Peveley Drive In”.

dansdriveintheater on November 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

all the ramps are still there and the screen. the projectors booth and the snack bar. there are three portable trailers on the site of the drive-in that don’t belong their though

kennerado on November 30, 2019 at 10:21 pm

The site is now advertised as a storage space with a mix of warehouses, covered storage (which is probably what the above person thinks are trailers) and open area. The ramps, snackbar, screen and roadside marquee still exist as of June 2019. The screen looks like it could display a film tomorrow, it’s in great condition.

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