Airway Drive-In

10634 Saint Charles Rock Road,
St. Ann, MO 63074

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Airway at Night

Opened September 23, 1948 with Walt Disney’s “Song of the South”. The Airway Drive-In in St. Louis County had a capacity for 800 cars, and was operated by General Cinema. It had a cool 1950’s cheerleader on the sign. It was closed on November 2, 1986. They saved the sign and cheerleader when they decided to tear down the theatre in 1992 to put up an otherwise completely generic and uninteresting strip mall named Airway Shopping Center.

Contributed by Kevin Schneider

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Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

@Chris: I know what you mean…I’ve been sneaking peaks at it all day long!!! That was the peak of the Wehrenberg drive-in dynasty, which was right after Arthur Theaters went bankrupt. However, about four years later, only two of those drive-ins (North Twin and 66) would still be open…

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on June 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Can’t help but include this: The date of that newspaper ad was August 11, 1982…which was a Wednesday (source: It was also the year I graduated high school…and that date was about two weeks before I started my first semester of college at UMSL…where do the good times go?

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

More pics (and fond recollections) of the Airway here: St. Louis Flashback Movie & Drive-In Theatres

crossstitcher on July 13, 2011 at 8:38 am

I used to live in St. Ann. The girl was definitely a majorette! The drive-in looked really cool—I remember it still being open when we first moved there—you could see movies as you drove by (no audio, of course!). I’m very glad they saved the sign, but the shopping center was indeed unremarkable in itself.

rivest266 on February 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

September 23rd, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

davidcoppock on October 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Opened with 6 comedy cartoons(not named), and “Song of the south”. The majorette neon sign is similar to the majorette neon sign from the former Campus Drive-in in San Diego, California, not at the shopping center on the site now. Where is the Airway Drive-in majorette neon sign now?

davidcoppock on October 27, 2018 at 6:06 pm

The shopping center is called Airway Shopping Center.

Kenmore on October 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

The neon sign hasn’t moved, it’s still at the entrance to the shopping center.

davidcoppock on October 28, 2018 at 2:26 am

Is it the original marquee too(minus the word Drive-in)? The Airway name looks the same too.

MichaelKilgore on June 9, 2020 at 4:11 am

Based on its ads in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Airway’s final night was Sunday, Nov. 2, 1986. The movies were Trick or Treat, Maximum Overdrive, Sky Bandits, and Teen Wolf. It “closed for the season” but never reopened. Several redevelopment plans came and went before the site was demolished in 1992.

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