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When opened in January 1912 the Kings was one of the theatres of O. T. Crawford. After Crawford’s holdings were auctioned off for non-payment of debts in 1915, the theatre had a series of operators including William Goldman, Cella and Tate, Famous Players-Missouri, Loew’s, and the Skouras Brothers. Policies included stock companies, films and vaudeville. The last day the theatre was open in in May 1929, with the structure demolished in 1935.
Somewhat misidentified. It actually is Milton Slosser at the Missouri Theatre Wurlitzer console.
Demolition began in August 1999.
Photographs of the Paramount lobby murals appear in the 2014-Third Quarter issue of the THS journal, Marquee. This issue devoted to muralist Louis F. Grell.
Venue changed its name to the CAPRI Drive-In in 1961 when Mid-America took over operation. To my knowledge, operation ceased in October 1978.
Theatre reopens today, 10/17.
As AMC’s website says: “We’re putting the final touches on construction of this theatre to make sure everything is AMC amazing when we open Oct. 17.”
As a typical neighborhood house the theatre closed July 5, 1956 with “Carousel.” However, the theatre reopened in May of 1957 with a policy of German-language films. The last noting of this policy was in March 1960.
Description has the opening year a tad early…venue opened June 5, 1955 with bill of “Suddenly” and “A Bullet is Waiting.”
Since I remember the Esquire in its original, single-screen configuration, the desecration of this house began in 1969 when the balcony became two additional venues. It’s been downhill ever since.
No. The Cinerama screen had been removed in 1959.
The advertisement above saying opening night will be May 26th does not reflect the minor delay in opening the venue. Actual opening took place on May 30th, 1954 with a double-bill of “Return to Paradise” and “99 River Street.”
The drive-in did not close in 1962, but hung on until October 18, 1964 when it closed with the triple-bill of “Bikini Beach”, “Comedy of Terrors” and “Her Bridal Night.”
Architectural credit was given to James L. Willingham & Associates.
Ad copy appearing in the St. Louis Times 4-25-10:
Will Open Wednesday…The Vandora Theatre…Cherokee St. and Texas Ave…One Block West of Jefferson Ave.
Will open Wednesday evening, April 27, with the best service of Motion Picture Films shown in St. Louis south of Walnut street and west of Sixth street. Miss Florence Lawrence, the greatest Moving Picture Actress in the world, will appear in the celebrated Imp Pictures included in our service. Pictures will be seen in this theatre the first day they are shown in the United States. Mr. Edward Savage, the popular barytone, and the Vandora Orchestra, under the direction of Geo. Eckhardt, Jr., will entertain with the latest songs and instrumental music. Our auditorium contains 5000 square feet of floor space, with seating capacity of 1000. In addition to the high ceiling and transoms on either side of the auditorium, we have installed 16 ceiling and wall fans and two exhaust fans to insure perfect ventilation. Admission 5 cents. Conveniently reached from all parts of the city. Change of program for this week only Wednesday and Friday. If you pay us a visit, you will be well entertained.
The Kenrick is now in the process of being demolished.
Theatre opened on September 12, 1910.
Theatre reopened on May 10, 2014.
The current owner of the Cinderella Building is in the process of restoring the building’s facade.
Earliest newspaper ad that I’ve found was in November, 1909.
The theatre was never known as the Arsenal, even though it was on that street.
Photo taken in May 1952.
Extensive coverage of the theatre’s history and current restoration is featured in Marquee, the quarterly publication of the Theatre Historical Society. The organization’s website is historictheatres.org.
What is the status of the Wurlitzer organ in this theatre? I just noticed that the theatre does not appear on the ATOS listing of organs in theatres.
The St. Louis Star in 1927 listed the Family as having 682 seats.
The original Comet was at 2110 Market Street and operated from c.1911 until 1933.
A bit of irony that the planned new theatre will have 8 screens. Eight screens was “obsolete” in 2000 when the Regency Square closed. Must be a different spokesperson.