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Description has the wrong opening date…theatre opened September 6, 1927. It was to have opened the day before, but Marcus Loew passed away that day and the opening was delayed in respect.
Perhaps someone in authority at CT could shake the THS cage. It is not difficult to come to the conclusion that neither group reads our comments.
Can’t we have a location given at the start of the story like they do in newspapers? As it is, we have to wait until the third paragraph to find a possible location.
Opening date was September 24, 1999.
Somebody forgot to turn on the vertical at the Fox.
Not the theatre in Overland, Missouri. It’s the one in Overland Park, Kansas now known as the Rio.
Yes, the “b” word is frowned upon. I refer to the sequence of About; Help; Theatre Guidelines; and Common Terms. The sequence begins at the ribbon at the top of the page.
What would Marcus Loew have to say….?
“A Night at the Opera” had its world premiere here on Nov. 1, 1935. Allan Jones made a p.a. opening day.
“The Furnace” at the New Grand Central (as well as the West End Lyric) ran from Dec. 5 to Dec. 11, 1920.
Alas, another example of the “youth movement” we “old-timers” have to tolerate today. I have to feel sorry for future serious historians having to wade through the over-enthusiasm of amateur historians who have gravitated to this site.
The Midland’s organ is not lost…it is now installed at the nearby Civic Center Music Hall.
And what year did the Rogers family move to Overland? The question is asked as the description says the theatre closed in 1957 but my research shows it closing in 1953. Likewise, the description says the theatre opened in 1932 but my research says 1928.
Colonel Butterfield’s first name was Walter, not William which somehow has taken on a life of its own.
Operation closed on January 16, 1983.
The films in the newspaper ad date from 1968 and 1969.
Years of operation were 1921 to 1953.
Architects the firm of Wedemeyer & Nelson.
Seating capacity of 929.
The first Vitaphone film, “Don Juan”, was exhibited here on first-run in 1926.
Theatre was bought by Famous & Barr to expand its parking facilities.
Theatre demolished in 1956.
The Princess on Grand changed its name to Players in 1916. The Pestalozzi did not change to the Princess until almost 15 years later.
Since the question was raised about the number of Rockettes, it may be of interest that when the troupe started, in 1925 at the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis as the Rockets, it numbered 16.
Simply put: the chandelier was an addition by the church.
Theatre is currently closed as the original brick facade is slated to reappear. Also promised is a rehabbing of the concession area and the seats. The theatre is slated to reopen September 11th. While the original theatre is closed, the Backlot venue remains open.
When the theatre opened in 1929 the lobby was carpeted. So the carpet today is not unprecedented.
The stained-glass doors and the openings to Peacock Alley show this is a shot of Detroit, not St. Louis. Contrary to some belief, there are a number of subtle differences between the so-called “twin” theatres.
Note the original carpet pattern in the lobby.
Note the dual ticket windows and the clocks which gave the current time and the time the complete show would be over. Photo dates from March 1951.