66 Park-In

9438 Watson Road,
Crestwood, MO 63126

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Previously operated by: Wehrenberg Theatres

Architects: William Mills

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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66 Park-In

The 66 Park-In opened on September 26, 1947 with Robert Young in “Lady Luck”. It was operated by Flexer Drive-In Theatres but was taken over the following season by Wehrenberg Theatres, which operated it until its closure. The 66 Park-In had a capacity of 800 cars.

Located on the Historic Highway 66, this drive-in was one of the first operated by Wehrenberg. It was a popular mainstay in the St. Louis area. It had the large playground like all other Wehrenberg drive-in theatres situated in front of the screen.

When you went into the drive-in, you were greeted with miles of neon lining the back side of the screen facing Watson Road (Highway 66) with the name of the theatre spelled out. It had a large concession area with four stations for quick service.

Sadly, the 66-Park-In closed on October 17, 1993 and was demolished in 1994 to make way for a shopping center.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

coolpcfixer
coolpcfixer on September 28, 2012 at 8:44 pm

My brother and I started a group on Facebook dedicated to this drive-in. Had many good times there. Here’s the link to the group:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/292939616371/?fref=ts

oceantracks
oceantracks on September 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Went there many times as a kid in the 50s and 60s….great times spent on the playground as the sun began to set and the screen flickered to life….

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

I just added about 5-6 photos, all courtesy of the Vintage St. Louis Facebook page.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on January 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Thanks for adding the pictures from Facebook for the non-Facebook users.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm

September 26th, 1947 grand opening ad in photo section.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

I stumbled upon a few minutes of video shot in 1991, uploaded in 2013 to YouTube.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on March 19, 2019 at 11:24 am

Today, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch marked the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the 66 Park-In’s screen. I added that page to the Internet Archive, so the link should stay alive longer here.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on January 17, 2020 at 10:06 am

Opened with Latest news, a cartoon(not named), and “Lady Luck”.

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on May 26, 2020 at 2:55 pm

Independent Film Journal, May 1, 1954: “Wehrenberg Theas. have taken a 30-year lease on the land adjoining their 66 Park-In Theatre in St. L. County with plans to add more ramps and increase its capacity from 800 to 1200 cars. They have also placed order for immediate installation of an Ezell glass surface screen for this project.”

MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on July 28, 2021 at 9:30 pm

The 66 Park-In’s final night was Sunday, Oct. 17, 1993. Its final double feature was James Caan starring in “The Program” followed by Macaulay Culkin in “The Good Son.”

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