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“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.
The church has moved on. The paint is peeling from the bricks. It would seem to be a matter of time….
Checked out yesterday, the building continues to stand.
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.
The theatre was the GRAND, once known as the GRAND OPERA HOUSE. The “Grand Follies” was the name of the show presented.
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.
Unfortunately this is an ad for the Columbia Theatre downtown, not the one on The Hill.
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.