St. Ann 4-Screen Drive-In

10425 St. Charles Rock Road,
St. Ann, MO 63074

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St. Ann 4-Screen Drive-In

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The St. Ann Drive-In opened in June 1, 1951 as a four-screen theatre, and was operated by Arthur Theatres. It had a capacity of 1,000 cars. It was located a few blocks from the Airway Drive-In. The drive-in itself was located in a valley behind retail stores that lined the Rock Road. The only thing visible from the Rock Road was the large marquee and the entrance that led to the theatre. This was the first big multi-screen in the St. Louis area.

When Arthur Theatres went bankrupt, Wehrenberg took over operations of the St. Ann, putting it in direct competition with its own Airway Drive-In. The St. Ann usually played the same double bill program on two screens leaving you with a choice of two programs.

The drive-in was closed in the 1980’s and was later demolished to make way for a shopping center.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 27, 2008 at 8:09 pm

As a little kid, there was always a sense of feeling “cool” whenever I knew I was gonna see a movie here – because they always showed the…um…EDGIER (translation: R-rated) flicks here. To this day, whenever I see a Pam Grier movie, I think of this place!

JAlex
JAlex on February 19, 2009 at 2:50 am

Ceased operation in September 1984.

spectr17
spectr17 on August 5, 2009 at 7:31 am

Spent many a night at the 4 screen. Before we could drive we would sneak in from the St. Ann Golf Course and turn up the nearest speakers and then lay on the golf course green watching Bruce Lee flicks. Doug and Bill Croney were friends that worked there as porters. The NW screen had bushes around a little piece of grass where we laid one night watching the flicks. Woke up with the worst case of chiggars in my life the next day.

St. Ann Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111310479133

St. Ann Facebook Group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111310479133

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on September 17, 2009 at 11:57 pm

What’s occupying the space now?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 7, 2010 at 9:43 pm

The header says a shopping center.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 7, 2010 at 10:48 pm

To be specific, I meant “What stores within the currently standing shopping center is occupying the space now?”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Had to fly all the way home to St. Louis to answer my own question. LOL! It’s a Big Lots and some other stores as well.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Pics (including a spectacular shot of all 4 fields) and ads for this drive-in here: St. Louis Flashback Movie & Drive-In Theatres

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 20, 2016 at 3:23 pm

1951 photo added courtesy of the Fiftiesville Facebook page. I believe it to be of this theater.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 26, 2016 at 10:40 pm

June 1st, 1951 grand opening ad in photo section.

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