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Venue slated to close in January…did it?
The photo is of the ruins of the Broadway after the race riot of 1917. Earlier known as the McCasland Opera House. Location was 700 Broadway.
The Little Broadway, at 1312 Broadway, ended up as a nightclub and, after years of abandonment, burned in January 2010.
August 21 to 27, 1936
Time flies…Marcus bought out Wehrenberg in the fall of 2016.
With the buyout of Wehrenberg last fall by Marcus, the venue is now a cinema, not a cine.
The time-frames when the Orpheum exhibited films:
December 1926 to April 1928 (with Orpheum circuit vaudeville)
September 1934 to July 1936 (Warner Bros. management)
July 1936 to February 1938 (Fanchon & Marco management)
January 1943 to May 1960 (Loew’s management)
Seems we’re jumping the gun on changing the name. Let’s wait until the operation is up and running, eh?
The lighting fixtures (alas, overexposed) originally graced the Ambassador Theatre downtown.
The explosion/fire took place in November 1884. The theatre was rebuilt and opened in September 1885. Colonel Hopkins and the Tri-State Amusement Co. began to operate the theatre in August 1896 at which point the Grand Opera House became the Hopkins Grand Opera House. In August 1898 Hopkins and Tri-State parted company and the theatre reverted to simply Grand Opera House.
To St. Louisans, it was the Grand Theatre, not Grand Follies which just appeared on the attraction board of the canopy.
As a “cinema treasure” the venue was known as the Grand Opera House…this being the teens through the 20s. The movie (a subrun) was but one part of the offerings which included up to 9 acts from the Orpheum Circuit. Theatre became simply the Grand in the 30s when burlesque became offered until closure in the 60s.
“Inferno” was also shown in 3-D at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis that August. Somebody at TCM needs to do better research.
Two out of the three in the St. Louis metropolitan area were single screeners. The third a twin.
This month (Jan. 2018) marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Powell Hall, the former St. Louis Theatre. The St.Louis Symphony will be observing the occasion. Further information can be had at: www.slso.org/powellat50
Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I find it difficult to believe the drive in opened in 1948 without speakers and speaker poles.
This is an auditorium view of the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis, not the American (in any of its three locations).
Heavily altered since 1928, but not demolished.
Civilian Conservation Corps…a Roosevelt job-creation agency during the Great Depression.
To clarify: Duggan & Huff the architects of the 1910 structure; Barnes the architect of the 1939 remodel.
Theatre was remodeled in 1939; architect of this was Bruce F. Barnes. Theatre had closed in May 1938; reopened in April 1939. With new seats the capacity was listed as 925.
The theatre building is not the building at the corner but the white building just up Union.
Anyone want to start a new website: Legitimate Theatre Treasures?
Notice that Bret Eddy drew this; this means this is from a publication of the Theatre Historical Society.
The final use of the theatre was a three-day run of the Russian film “Chapayev.” The run ended October 1, 1935.
A demolition permit was issued in December 1948 with actual razing occurring in December 1949.
The architect of the theatre was G. Albert Lansburgh.
Rapp & Rapp designed the office building which housed the theatre.
Labor Day in 1917 was September 3rd.