Avalon Cinema

4225 S. Kingshighway Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63109

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RobertR on December 1, 2004 at 3:13 pm

The 70’s were such a stagnant time for theatres. The neighborhood houses were in their last days as cable and VCR’s started killing them one by one. I remember when Loews opened the 34th Street Showplace, which was the first new Manhattan theatres in eons. A few years later it was considered a white elephant in theatre design, dark and depressing.

br91975 on December 1, 2004 at 3:08 pm

It was the ‘70s and, from what I’ve been told, a LOT of things happened in the '70s – in all seriousness, one of the bleakest periods, if not THE bleakest period ever, for American architecture…

RobertR on December 1, 2004 at 1:41 pm

Great exterior, but why the heck would anyone wood panel a theatre lobby???????????

diabetoboy on July 7, 2004 at 5:04 pm

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ChuckVanBibber on October 7, 2003 at 8:48 pm

Originally part of the Franchon & Marco and later part of St. Louis Amusement/Arthur Theatres. Single floor theatre which seated 647. Closed after the Arthur Brothers Bankruptcy and later reopened by the Mosely Brothers. They maintained the theatre for a little under four years and let it run down. Started out as a subrun theatre and later tried an art policy before Arthur Brothers started a first run policy. With all the suburban theatres opening and Arthur Theatres mostly having city theatres the chain faltered.