Ronnie's Drive-In

5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63126

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Ronnie's Drive-In

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Opened in 1948 by Wehrenberg Theatres this was most certainly their flagship dive-in theatre. It was named after their grandson Ron Krueger. The Ronnie’s Drive-In had the largest playground of any of the St. Louis area drive-ins. This was also where the Wehrenberg train was located that took patrons for rides around the drive-in before the start of the show and during intermissions.

The main entrance with the back of the screen facing Lindbergh Boulevard was lit up with neon spelling in huge letters Ronnie’s Drive-In. The box offices were all dressed in neon also. The front was landscaped with trees and shrubs. This was always a favorite for the people of South St. Louis.

The Ronnie’s Drive-In came to a sad ending in 1983 when it closed and the screen was pulled over. It got a lot of local news coverage when the demolition started. It was considered a south side landmark. There is a shopping center where the theatre once stood and Wehrenberg built their largest multiplex on part of where the entrance to the drive-in once stood, naming it Ronnie’s 8 Cine which lasted a short time and was demolished to make way for the much larger Ronnie’s 20 Cine. In keeping with the fame of the Ronnie’s Drive-In, the Ronnie’s 20 Cine has a motif in the lobby of a drive-in theatre.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 15, 2006 at 5:44 pm

Another source has this drive-in located in Sappington, which is zip code 63126. As that source also mentions a 1948 opening, my hunch is that this drive-in was on some land contiguous with the two cities.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 24, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Here is a vintage photo of Ronnie’s Drive-In.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2008 at 10:07 am

Car capacity was 500 in 1975.

JAlex
JAlex on December 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm

The proper spelling of the venue includes an apostrophe…it should be Ronnie’s. Fred Wehrenberg named the drive-in after his grandson, Ronald Krueger.

Opened: July 15, 1948.
Last night of operation: September 12, 1982.
Screen tower pulled down August 2nd, 1983 with a shopping center soon to be built on the land. By this time, Ronnie had grown up and was president of Wehrenberg Theatres. He said at the occasion: “My first job working in the theatre business was here at Ronnie’s, running the minature train.”

neinei2
neinei2 on September 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

How can I get a copy of this photo of Ronnie’s Drive In?

neinei2

Weekend
Weekend on March 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Lindbergh and Baptist Church roads.

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