South Twin Drive-In

2516 Lemay Ferry Road,
St. Louis, MO 63125

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1962 photo courtesy of the Vintage St. Louis Facebook page.

The South Twin Drive-In was one of the big drive-ins that were built in 1954 by Wehrenberg Theatres. The South Twin Drive-In opened November 19, 1954 and accomodated 500 cars for each screen.

Like all the other Wehrenberg drive-ins the South Twin had a large playground area for the kiddies. At the South Twin Drive-In, because of the double screens, it was in the middle by the concession stand. There was also a live bear in a cage and a small train that you could ride, that went around the playground.

The entrance was on Lemay Ferry at Buckley Road.

The back of one of the screens faced Lemay Ferry and in neon there were two screens and two projectors with the words in large letters stating ‘South Twin’.

The South Twin Drive-In was closed in November 1983, and was soon demolished to make way for another shopping center named Lemay Plaza and was anchored by a huge Dierbergs Super Market.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber, Terry Madden

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

JAlex on June 11, 2005 at 3:19 pm

Architect was Edward F. Gordon.

Facility opened in 1954.

JAlex on December 19, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Verifiable information: venue closed November 1983.

rivest266 on February 27, 2016 at 7:21 am

November 19th, 1954 grand opening ad in photo section.

OldtimeMovieguy on March 2, 2016 at 1:31 pm

This was the hot spot in the 60’s Johnny Rabbitt would broadcast from the drive-in What great memories

emoe1 on January 6, 2017 at 4:27 am

Does anyone have a picture of the bear cage?

ktc0913 on May 21, 2018 at 2:06 pm

Back in the mid 70’s, before we were old enough to drive, we used to walk along the north side of the property to the back screen and jump the fence and come in. We’d sit outside the snack building and hit on the girls. Don’t know why there aren’t more drive in theaters, as they were lots of fun for all ages.

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