Broadway Drive-In

4300 South Broadway,
St. Louis, MO 63111

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rivest266 on February 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

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

JAlex on May 28, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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.

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on June 17, 2009 at 11:11 pm

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 February 17, 2006 at 6:23 am

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).

cummins1937 on June 26, 2005 at 5:13 am

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.

cummins1937 on June 25, 2005 at 4:29 pm

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