Cahokia Drive-In

850 Water Street,
Cahokia, IL 62206

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rivest266 on October 27, 2021 at 4:51 pm

This opened as the Futura Drive-In on May 1st, 1964. Grand opening ad posted.

MitchWolf on October 16, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Posted an Ad from July 21, 1981

jwmovies on March 24, 2019 at 12:24 am

A more accurate address for this theater is 850 Water St, Cahokia, IL 62206. This points directly to the entrance road.

Please update.

DPierce1235 on October 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I remember this differently. We called it “ the thunderbird”. It had a fantastic neon marque with wings flapping. I don’t remember it being an Indian in bird costume. It was not on route 15, as mentioned. Best movie marque around. I don’t remember a drivein east of racetrack on route 15. I wander if that one is confused with the old French village drivein on st Clair avenue to the north. I wish someone could post picture of thinderbird marque. It was bicultural before mid fifties when I first went there as a child.

JAlex on August 20, 2008 at 6:48 pm

The Futura was renamed in 1979 the Cahokia South Drive-In. This happened after the Cahokia Drive-In in Alorton had closed.

hegewisch on October 4, 2004 at 2:42 pm

The Futura Drive-In was on Route 3 in Cahokia. I remember it being built in the mid-1960’s and it closed probably around 1980. The rather plain marquee is still there (now retagged Futura Plaza, I believe), and some kind of business is on the property.

The Cahokia Drive-In was on Route 15 in Alorton, IL, just east of where the old Cahokia Downs Racetrack was. It was the one with the dancing neon Indian marquee. The Cahokia was closed around 1980 to make way for the construction of I-255. I drove by after the demolition to see the grand old marquee rolled up into a twisted mess of metal, wire, and neon tubes. A real shame it wasn’t preserved.