270 Drive-In

2925 Dunn Road,
Florissant, MO 63033

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Rsieving
Rsieving on May 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

My uncle Managed this Drive in in the 70’s. He also managed the Cross Keys and later the Fox downtown. I worked at the Cross Keys and the Fox for years and it was a blast. Working the Springsteen concert at the Fox is still a vivid memory.

PrezGAR
PrezGAR on October 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

What I remember most about the 270 was the playground. They had this large metal turtle, about the size of a sea turtle, I would guess, that kids could climb on.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 8, 2012 at 3:20 pm

True…but the 4 Screen did eek out 7 more years after the Arthur shutdown. Last time I went there was to see “Blue Thunder” in early summer 1983.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

Valid point, Chris…although, to be fair, I believe Wehrenberg continued that tradition after they took over the St. Ann 4 Screen…which, of course, wasn’t for very long.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

AND…they ran the same double feature on 2 screens at the 4 Screen instead of running 4 different double features. They missed out on some SERIOUS cash with that flawed strategy!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on March 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Good point, Norm…although Mid-America overdid it, in my opinion. A rather poorly done twin in any little strip shopping center they could find (South City, Manchester, Paddock, Four Seasons, etc). At least the Cave Springs was a free standing theater with its own building…

Another comment on Arthur Theaters: They actually did move into the county in the 60s and 70s, opening theaters in St. Ann and Ellisville in addition to the Cross Keys and St. Andrews…but almost all their theaters had only one screen. Mid-America had the foresight to at least open several twin theaters and expand the Esquire and Village Square to three screens. Wehrenberg also went multiplex, with the Westport Twin, Cinema 4 Center, and Des Peres 4. Arthur just didn’t seem to recognize that the multiplex was the new way to go with movie theaters…despite the fact they ran the St. Ann 4 Screen Drive-In!! Go fig…

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on March 6, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Mid-America especially. They put up those little twin theaters all over the place.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on March 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

@royals: In my opinion, what cause Arthur Theaters to go bankrupt was they took too long to expand into St. Louis county. Most of their theaters (Fox, Shenandoah, etc) were in the city of St. Louis and, by the time the late 1960s/early 1970s rolled around, Wehrenberg, Mid-America, and General Cinema (along with a few others) had opened several new theaters in St. Louis County. Arthur tried to play “catch-up” with the Cross Keys, 270 Drive-In, and St. Andrews Cinema, but they were too late to totally commit to the county.

Just my opinion, of course…others can feel free to share other thoughts on this…

kathi383
kathi383 on August 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I worked at 270 drive inn , with Marv Stivers, my mom and dad worked for him in the very early 50’s and introduced them ,I will ask my dad which theater it was in st. louis

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

More pics of the 270 (and other St. Louis area theatres & drive-ins) here: St. Louis Flashback Movie & Drive-In Theatres

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 6, 2009 at 11:50 am

Thanks for posting the photo Chuck. I knew if I waited long enough one would appear. :)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 2, 2009 at 11:56 am

No thanks. Too much typing involved. I’ll wait for a photo to be posted.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

You can see an aerial view from 1971 if you enter the theater address on this site.
View link

JAlex
JAlex on April 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

Operation held on until September 1984. Final bill: Bolero & Last
American Virgin.

royals1986
royals1986 on March 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

Does anyone know what caused Arthur Enterprises to go bankrupt?

Does anyone know what became of Marvin Stiver or Joan/Mary Shook?

JAlex
JAlex on February 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Due to problems, the 1964 planned opening was missed. Venue finally opened on September 1, 1965.

The last season was that of 1984.

Blackhawkk
Blackhawkk on January 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm

When exactly did the 270 open in 1964? I’m doing some research on what movies played in St. Louis at certain drive-ins and I’m up thru August 1964 and I have yet to come across any advertising for the 270 Drive-In.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

So Mr. Stivers was the one that bought the hand truck.

JAlex
JAlex on October 8, 2008 at 1:15 pm

This was the last exhibition operation of Arthur Enterprises with Wehrenberg taking over in 1981.

royals1986
royals1986 on September 4, 2007 at 12:47 pm

I was employed by the 270 Drive In for a period of 4 years from 1965-1969 as a Janitor. The Manager was a Mr. Marvin Stivers, whose assistant was a Ms. Joan Shook. Ms. Shook also worked with a Mr. Arthur Amsinger at the 4 Screen Drive-In in St. Ann.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 13, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Take the safe, but leave the little hand truck…
http://tinyurl.com/ywy9vu

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 21, 2005 at 6:49 pm

Only went here once in the 1970’s to see a Mel Brooks movie with my dad and aunt. It was a fun night.