Comments from JAlex

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JAlex commented about Ritz Theatre on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:31 am

Having lived in the area 1981-1989 I don’t recall “Deep Throat” running 10 years.

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JAlex commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Apr 20, 2017 at 8:01 am

And how is “Loew’s” pronounced?

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JAlex commented about Galaxy 16 Cine on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

The rewards program will shift to that of Marcus on May 17. Bit by bit the Wehrenberg heritage disappears.

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JAlex commented about Fox Adams Theatre on Apr 8, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Al Lyons, who was musical director at the Los Angeles Orpheum in the 1940s and who earlier had been an emcee for the stage shows at the Fox in St. Louis said in an interview published in St. Louis in 1931: “There was a small theater, the West Adams, which was so conservative that it didn’t even have music with its pictures. I induced the owner to permit me to rent a piano and become his sole orchestra—for $12 a week. Those were happy—and busy—days. Worked from noon until midnight, playing to the pictures. I rumbled the bass when thunder pealed. I pounded the sides of the piano to simulate the hoof beats of galloping horses. I played songs about moonlight and daisies and purling brooks. I was in truth, delivering all the sound effects the action on the screen demanded.

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JAlex commented about Alton Cine on Mar 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

It has been announced the theatre will be demolished by the City of Alton.

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JAlex commented about Ambassador Theatre on Mar 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

1927 is the correct year. The engagement of “Gorilla” was billed as the world premiere.

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JAlex commented about Ambassador Theatre on Mar 9, 2017 at 8:43 am

While the layout of the Ambassador and Oriental Theatres were somewhat similar, the decoration of the two certainly weren’t. The Ambassador had a “Spanish Carnival” design, the Oriental, as Ben Hall described it, a “hasheesh-dream décor.”

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JAlex commented about Granada Theatre on Mar 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

The description says “it mostly ran first-run movies.” It was not until 1968 the Granada had a f-r film, and that was a multiple-theatre run. The Granada was a second-run house until that time. An exceptional house, to be sure, when first opened it was the equivalent of a “try-out” house with successful stage acts moving down to the Skouras Brothers' prime house, the Ambassador.

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JAlex commented about Missouri Theatre on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:44 am

March 2nd to 8th, 1929.

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JAlex commented about Hi-Pointe Theater on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:19 am

Theatre didn’t become part of the St. Louis Amusement chain until 1926, four years after opening.

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JAlex commented about Victory Theatre on Jan 29, 2017 at 9:37 am

The last ad I’ve spotted for the Victory was in February, 1972.

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JAlex commented about Colonial Theatre on Jan 12, 2017 at 8:17 am

Astonishing that not a single photo of the interior appears on the photo page.

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JAlex commented about Jersey City, NJ - An Inside Look At The Stanley Theater’s Celestial Restoration on Jan 7, 2017 at 9:34 am

When the Stanley opened in 1928 there was no Radio City (Music Hall)!

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JAlex commented about Wilson Theatre on Jan 1, 2017 at 10:10 am

Theatre located at 1417 Cass. Earliest reference found was in 1916 as the ACME. In 1922 it was known as the WILSON. Last reference found for being open was in 1929 and known as the COLONIAL. Seating capacity of 283.

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JAlex commented about Warrens Theatre on Dec 23, 2016 at 9:10 am

Not similar to the (Loew’s) State in St. Louis, which was designed by Thomas Lamb. I saw many films at this theatre, from “Arena” to “Autopsy.”

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JAlex commented about Overland Theatre on Dec 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

The theatre was demolished years ago. The building which so many believe was the theatre is/was immediately to the north of the theatre. The parking lot to the right of the mistaken theatre is the site of the theatre building.

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JAlex commented about Empress Theatre on Dec 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

“This Is It” turned out to be the final public theatrical use of the theatre. The production ran from 2/7 to 2/12, 1956. After this, the house was subleased to a Theatre and Television school, which soon folded. After this the theatre was used as a revival church for a number of years. Theatre was demolished in fall of 1970.

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JAlex commented about Salisbury Theatre on Nov 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

The church has moved on. The paint is peeling from the bricks. It would seem to be a matter of time….

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JAlex commented about Lee Theater on Nov 26, 2016 at 11:27 am

Checked out yesterday, the building continues to stand.

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JAlex commented about Bridge Theatre on Nov 26, 2016 at 11:24 am

Checked out yesterday…there is evidence of a fire around one of the former front windows, but the structure remains. The tree, however, is gone.

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JAlex commented about Grand Follies Theatre on Nov 19, 2016 at 9:15 am

The theatre was the GRAND, once known as the GRAND OPERA HOUSE. The “Grand Follies” was the name of the show presented.

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JAlex commented about Pageant Theatre on Oct 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

The last ad I’ve seen for the Pageant was that of January 7, 1968, a double bill of “The Hills Ran Red” and “Island of Terror.” A demolition permit for the structure was issued in 1975.

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JAlex commented about Columbia Theater on Oct 22, 2016 at 10:00 am

Unfortunately this is an ad for the Columbia Theatre downtown, not the one on The Hill.

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JAlex commented about Loew's Mid-City Theatre on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

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.

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JAlex commented about Sunset Hills Cinema 4 on Sep 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

“Cactus Flower” played at the Creve Coeur, Grandview and South County. None of these theatres exists today.