Shop City Drive In, Outskirts of East St. Louis

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Update: Thanks to tips from readers, this has been identified as the Shop City Drive-In.

I spotted this abandoned drive-in, engulfed in trees on the south side of St. Clair Avenue in the eastern reaches of East St. Louis. I didn’t even realize the city limits stretched out this far.

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It is not the old French Village Drive-In, which is further east and in Caseyville (it’s been demolished, anyway). Does anyone remember what the name of this theater was? Judging from the tree growth and the retirement center built in its outfield, it’s been a while.

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See a still-operational drive-in movie theater in Belleville.

6 Comments Add yours

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Yep, that’s it.

  1. Orion Jones says:

    Shop City I believe is what it was

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Ah, there is the sign for Shop City just a little bit further down the road. Was it part of a larger shopping complex? http://stlouispatina.com/shop-city/

  2. Joel B. says:

    Shop City Drive-In
    5050 Summit Avenue, East St. Louis, IL 62205

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Yep, that’s it! Thank you both for helping me identify this drive-in.

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