Maplewood in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
66 Park-In Theater
— Crestwood, MO —
Not just movies attracted patrons to this open-air theatre advertising "cool breezes" before the advent of air-conditioning. Pony rides, a Ferris wheel and a trained bear cub served as amusements. "The 66" was dubbed "the passion pit" by local teens.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the U.S. Route 66 series list.
Location. 38° 36.774′ N, 90° 19.109′ W. Marker is in Maplewood, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Manchester Road (State Highway 100), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7338 Manchester Road, Saint Louis MO 63143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Katz Drug Store (a few steps from this marker); Coral Court (a few steps from this marker); Scheidt Hardware (within shouting distance of this marker); Sunnen Products Company (within shouting distance Kalb Electric (within shouting distance of this marker); Citizens National Bank (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saratoga Lanes (about 300 feet away); Empire Supply (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maplewood.
More about this marker. This is part of the City of Maplewood's Route 66 Tribute and Memorial Plaques series, which pays tribute to even businesses that were not in Maplewood. This is one of the Memorial sidewalk plaques. It is located in front of Penzeys Spices (Maplewood location) as of September 2019.
Regarding 66 Park-In Theater. The 66 Park-In theater opened on September 26, 1947. Its original operator was Flexer Drive-In Theaters, but in the next season it was taken over by Wehrenberg Theaters. Wehrenberg would operate the theater until its closure. The 66 had a capacity of 800 cars. On October 14, 1993, the theater would play its final shows, "The Program" and "The Good Son". The next year, it would be demolished to make way for a shopping center.
Also see . . . Route 66 Memorial And Tribute Plaques(Submitted on June 10, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
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