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Broadway Drive-In Theatre

4300 S Broadway
Saint Louis MO

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #18911  
 Opened: 1954
 Closed: 1964
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 800 cars
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Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

In September 1953, A. Ray Parker -- the operator of the Skyline Drive-In and the mayor of Brentwood (a St. Louis suburb) -- announced that he was opening a $200,000 drive-in theater on the site of the old H.H. Schweer Brick Company. The Broadway Drive-In would be the city's first (several were in operation in the county, where space was more plentiful), boasting a 50x80' screen and berths for 800 cars; it would also be the only independently-operated theater within city limits. Eleventh-hour glitches pushed the projected opening date back several days, but the drive-in finally debuted on May 30, 1954, with Return to Paradise and 99 River Street. The theater was a success, even pulling in some first-run films, but it lasted only a decade due to land requirements for construction of I-55. Not a trace remains today.



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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/1/2006.

 
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