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Another name to be added to the list: theatre was known as the PLAYERS from September 1916 to April 1917. Renamed for the Players stock company which was based there. In April 1917 the theatre was closed and was effectively rebuilt (from two balconies to one) and reopened in March 1919 as the Rialto.
“Cactus Flower” played at the Creve Coeur, Grandview and South County. None of these theatres exists today.
Aside from the middle photograph an identification would be appreciated.
The Hi-Pointe features two items which make it somewhat unique in today’s exhibition scene: 1) An operable curtain; and 2) No screen commercials.
The Skouras Brothers took over the theatre in 1919. The 1917 date was in error.
It’s always been interesting on Cinema Treasures how correct information is integrated into the description with no credit given to the contributor.
Research has shown years of operation were 1911 to 1932.
Brief lobby area shot appears in Woody Allen’s “Café Society.” Shot passes for a Hollywood movie palace.
July 16, 1957 to be exact. Lewis made four appearances that day.
Even though “The Flying Fool” played the St. Louis Theatre, the photo is not of that theatre.
Closing date was July 29, 1999.
The photograph was taken in December 2009.
The Wehrenberg carpet was ripped out over one year ago in the lobby and corridors. It remains as the runner in the auditoria. Perhaps they didn’t realize what a replacement would cost.
A couple of cost-saving moves are of note as well. Tickets are often sold at the concession stand rather than have someone in the boxoffice. Also, a couple of weeks ago they discontinued their ads in the local newspaper.
The name change from New Shenandoah to Apache was a manoeuvre to become first in the alphabetical neighborhood theatre listings in the newspaper.
The Waverly Theatre opened in May 1921. With a change of ownership in 1934 the theatre was renamed the 40th Street. The structure suffered a fire in 1945, was closed, and was replaced in 1948 with a new structure, and name, as the Colony Theatre. Theatre started showing X-rated films in 1974 which continued until closure in
A series of photos available with the Enquirer story.
Theatre, as a movie house, certainly lasted past 1975. I saw films there in 1982, 1983 and 1984.
Ameren Corporation (the local electric company) intends to renovate this building as offices. Ameren headquarters across 18th street from this structure.
Correct name of the theatre was the HUDSON. It appeared as early as 1911 in the City Directory. The address was 1100 Park.
“The Jazz Singer” opened Christmas Day, 1927 and had a 10-week run.
Let’s also mention Pontiac is one of the stops of Amtrak’s trains between St. Louis and Chicago.
Old-timers still call Scott “Scott Field.”
The entire mall is currently being demolished.
It may have “all the amenities,” but it sure has an off-putting exterior.
When the Oriental Theatre opened next door in May 1926 a problem arose. Variety reported: “The Randolph street entrance of the Randolph Theatre, directly adjoining the Oriental entrance, is causing quite a bit of confusion. Absent-minded customers go to the Randolph, then howl for a money refund, claiming that they mistook it for the Oriental. Because of this the Universal house was forced to place a sign over the box office reading: ‘This is the Randolph Theatre.’”