Armo Skydome

3192 Morganford Road,
St. Louis, MO 63116

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Previous Names: Armo Airdome

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Armo Skydome

The Armo Airdome was opened in 1937, located at Morganford Road and Wyoming Streets in South St. Louis. I believe it was one of the last operating airdomes in the city, closing from what I can find in 1952.

If my history is right, the site later became one of the Cooks Supermarkets, which is long gone also.

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der251 on July 13, 2005 at 12:11 am

James, 1964 to 1968 I was on the St. Louis, Police dept. 3rd district. I rode your old area, Lafayette to lami, 12 to the river.
These names ring a bell. Roberts brothers, Chamber brothers, Mask brothers….rough crowd. Joe

der251 on July 17, 2005 at 1:37 am

D. Snow…Thanks for the info. I was with my aunt today who took the picture of the full front of the Armo Skydome. She told me ARMO was and abriveation of Arsenal & Morganford, thus, ARMO. She took the picture from across the street with her box camera. The photo is black & white. I went to Wallgreens and had it enlarged to 4x6.
I just tried to place the photo on this web-site, however they stated there were 3500 photos pending and they were working on a new system to accomodate everyone at a later date.

mike46 on March 29, 2009 at 4:07 am

I lived down on Alfred Ave. and attended the ARMO. I remember the price as 10 cents, and if you gave them 6 RC bottle caps, you got a ticket for a free cup of RC Cola. The floor was pea gravel and I believe the seats were wood individual fold down type. Just before the movie started, an usher would walk up on stage and pull back large panels on both sides of the screen which protected the speakers from the weather. The building right next to the north was a bakery with an upstairs apartment. I remember that everytime I was at the ARMO, the woman who lived upstairs was out on her back porch sitting in a lawn chair watching the movie for free.The Cook
market building has been redone and is like a small strip mall and extends all the way over to what used to be Becktolds market, the bakery is gone. The last movie I saw there was “The Creature from
the Black Lagoon”. I was 6 years old, it scared me half to death.
It was on one of the movie channels last year when I was surfin
around, so i watched a few minutes, this time I almost laughed
myself half to death.

If you guyshaven’t been down on Morgenford lately, it’s coming back to life with restaurants, grocery stores, furniture stores and other shops, and the neighbor hood is generally coming back slowly, the homes being rehabbed,etc.


bavaria on June 2, 2009 at 2:07 am

My grandparents owned the Armo. They lived next to the Wehrenbergs at Lindbergh and Lincoln. My grandfather, Carl Holtzmann passed away in 1941. My grandmother ran it for a few years, before selling it. The family would love to have a copy of a photo, if anyone has one. I was unable to contact usscamp who said that he had one. Any help or additional info would be greatly appreciated.

der251 on May 15, 2010 at 3:10 am

Looks like I haven’t checked this site for quite some time.
my email is I still have the photo my aunt took.
It was from across the street in the winter time, you can see snow on the ground. If you email me we can make an arrangement to get you the photo. I will try again to get the photo on this site.
Did the Holtzmann’s live in the 4300 block of Fyler?

der251 on January 21, 2012 at 2:56 am

I still have the picture of the front of the ARMO Skydome. If someone smarter than I can scan the picture and replace the one above, I will send them a copy. You can email me at


Weekend on March 13, 2014 at 6:43 am

Cook’s Market ; Reggie!

powderbrake on November 29, 2014 at 11:14 pm

I just found this site, after telling my kids about going to the Armo, I searched on Google, and here it is! I lived in the 4100 block of Utah, and went to the Armo frequently in the 50’s. I loved the fact it changed movies every 3 or 4 days, so we went a lot. I remember seeing “The Thing” and it scared me to death, and I had to walk home in the dark!

I would love to see the picture of the Armo, so I will email der251 and offer to scan the picture.

Do you remember the outdoor theater next to the Princess on Gravois and Pestalozzi?

powderbrake on December 5, 2014 at 5:32 pm

The new picture of the Armo is courtesy of der251, whose aunt took the photo. I scanned it and uploaded it to the website. Thanks to der251 for preserving this piece of history.

Aaron_DeClue on June 16, 2017 at 3:57 am

Hey James Grebe! I lived at 4024 Connecticut thoughout the 80’s, raised by my grandparents. They bought the house sometime in the mid to late 50’s, I believe, and owned it up to about a year ago. Bill and Nelda Holland, were there names.

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