Broadway Drive-In

4300 South Broadway,
St. Louis, MO 63111

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Broadway Drive-In

The Broadway Drive-In was the only ozoner within the city limits of St. Louis. Opened May 30, 1954, the Broadway Drive-In had a 550 car capacity.

It was located on South Broadway right next to the City workhouse. (Part of the St. Louis Jail System) Tuesday night was buck night whereby admission was 1 or a carload for $1.00.

The Broadway Drive-In was closed in October 1964 and was demolished to make way for Interstate 55 as it made its way through the city. From the back side of the drive-in you could look out and see the Mississippi River.

A strip shopping center replaced the drive-in and the old city workhouse. It has a Walgreens Drug Store and had a super market that is now a Big Lots Closeout Store.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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cummins1937 on June 26, 2005 at 12:29 am

The place opened in the mid 50’s and was owned and opereated by the mid-america threatre chain. Louis and Jules Jablanow

cummins1937 on June 26, 2005 at 1:13 pm

Place was built in the mid 50’s and was originally called the Holiday drive in. Owned by the mid-america theatre chain, Louis and Jules Jablanow.

JAlex on February 17, 2006 at 2:23 pm

Some corrections are needed:

1) The Broadway Drive-In was not the only ozoner within the St. Louis city limits. The THUNDERBIRD, at Natural Bridge and Goodfellow, also qualifies.

2) The Broadway was not built by Mid-America. The venue, which opened in May 1954, was a Ray Parker operation. Parker, then mayor of the suburb of Brentwood, also was involved with the Skyline Drive-In in Bridgeton.

3) The Broadway was always the Broadway. It was never known as the Holiday, which was an operation in the county on Page (and a Mid-America operation).

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on June 18, 2009 at 7:11 am

There are still some stores there, Family Dollar, Subway, Radio Shack, Hardees, etc. The Hollywood/Blockbuster video is out of business. Also a new O'Reilly’s Auto Parts has just been built close to the Big Lots building, which is still unoccupied.

JAlex on May 29, 2014 at 2:11 am

The advertisement above saying opening night will be May 26th does not reflect the minor delay in opening the venue. Actual opening took place on May 30th, 1954 with a double-bill of “Return to Paradise” and “99 River Street.”

The drive-in did not close in 1962, but hung on until October 18, 1964 when it closed with the triple-bill of “Bikini Beach”, “Comedy of Terrors” and “Her Bridal Night.”

Architectural credit was given to James L. Willingham & Associates.

rivest266 on February 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

May 30th, 1954 grand opening ad in the photo section. It has a aerial drawing of the drive-in.

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