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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.
Correct name of the theatre was the HUDSON. It appeared as early as 1911 in the City Directory. The address was 1100 Park.
“The Jazz Singer” opened Christmas Day, 1927 and had a 10-week run.
Let’s also mention Pontiac is one of the stops of Amtrak’s trains between St. Louis and Chicago.
Old-timers still call Scott “Scott Field.”
The entire mall is currently being demolished.
It may have “all the amenities,” but it sure has an off-putting exterior.
When the Oriental Theatre opened next door in May 1926 a problem arose. Variety reported: “The Randolph street entrance of the Randolph Theatre, directly adjoining the Oriental entrance, is causing quite a bit of confusion. Absent-minded customers go to the Randolph, then howl for a money refund, claiming that they mistook it for the Oriental. Because of this the Universal house was forced to place a sign over the box office reading: ‘This is the Randolph Theatre.’”
I thought Mr. Lamb had died in 1942.
The address of the Airdome was 4236 N. Grand, a block and a half south of the hardtop.
Yes. AMC’s last night of operation was 9/3/2001 (Labor Day). Moseley operation began 12/7/2001.
Structure is demolished.
Not very often we get to see a contemporary construction shot. Thanks!
Week of Feb. 3, 1923 to be exact.
“…stagehands began picketing the theatre as there was no work for them.” Description has it a bit warped. Stagehands began picketing the theatre as the owner refused to submit to union demands to hire them as there was no work for them. Certainly casts a different light on the situation.
The ad notes it was the first FOUR-theatre complex. The first multi-plex in the market had opened in 1964.
Saturday, June 2, 1951 was opening night.
That Google map is not helping a bit. Where the Metrolink stop is was, some 50-60 years ago, where Natural Bridge Road ran.
Do we have a correct closing date? Description says 1959; the comment shows theatre operating in early 60s. And, is the 1930 year of opening correct?
Vindication is so nice! In 2005 I mentioned the theatre was renamed the Midtown for a stretch…and, boy, did I get trashed by the “expert” St. Louis historian.
So glad that someone else agrees with the 1936 opening which I mentioned in 2004.
Photo taken by the late Fred Beall. Somehow, however, it has become way out of focus.
Opened May 6, 1950. Closed October 14, 1984. Bloomer took over in April, 1952.
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.