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Architects: George M. Peterson
The Cahokia Drive-In was located on Highway 15 in Alorton IL. adjacent to the Cahokia Downs Racetrack. Alorton is a suburb of East St Louis. It was one of two drive-ins that were actually built by Bloomer Amusement Company (BAC), the other being the still open Sky View Drive-In in Belleville.
The Cahokia Drive-In was noted for its marquee, which featured a dancing Indian in neon lights. It opened September 22, 1955 with John Payne in “The Road to Denver” & Judy Canova in “Lay That Rifle Down”. It was closed in 1982 and was demolished to make way for construction of Interstate 255. The racetrack also has been closed and demolished, leaving very little evidence of a once thriving business and entertainment area. The site of the racetrack has recently been developed into a new business park in Alorton which features a Flying J Travel Plaza on I-255.
There is often a lot of confusion regarding the three drive-ins in the East St Louis area with connections to the name "Cahokia". The Cahokia Drive-In was actually located in the town of Alorton. Meanwhile, the Futura Drive-In was located in the nearby town of Cahokia. I had always thought that the Futura Drive-In at one point also went by the name Cahokia Drive-In, and I thought I drove by it and it had that name in the late-1970’s. But I may be mistaken because I think the Cahokia Drive-In in Alorton was still open at that time. It seems unlikely that two separate open drive-ins only a few miles apart would have the same name.
I would be interested to have that issue clarified. To add to the confusion, on the other side of East St Louis was the Mounds Drive-In (later the Falcon Drive- In) which was located on the site of Cahokia Mounds, near Fairmont City.
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