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JAlex commented about Shaw Theatre on Aug 30, 2014 at 10:11 am

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.

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JAlex commented about Holiday Drive-In on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:18 am

Description has the opening year a tad early…venue opened June 5, 1955 with bill of “Suddenly” and “A Bullet is Waiting.”

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JAlex commented about Esquire Theater on Jul 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

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.

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JAlex commented about Ambassador Theatre on Jun 22, 2014 at 10:29 am

No. The Cinerama screen had been removed in 1959.

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JAlex commented about Broadway Drive-In on May 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

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.

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JAlex commented about Vandora Theatre on May 22, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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.

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JAlex commented about Kenrick 8 Cine on May 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

The Kenrick is now in the process of being demolished.

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JAlex commented about Loew's Mid City Theatre on May 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

Theatre opened on September 12, 1910.

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JAlex commented about Sun Theater on May 15, 2014 at 10:10 am

Theatre reopened on May 10, 2014.

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JAlex commented about Cinderella Theater on Apr 19, 2014 at 9:47 am

The current owner of the Cinderella Building is in the process of restoring the building’s facade.

http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/cherokee-street-s-cinderella-getting-a-makeover/article_0bdfc71c-d7c9-59e6-a90d-fa603580c3ce.html

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JAlex commented about Arsenal Theatre on Apr 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

Earliest newspaper ad that I’ve found was in November, 1909.

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JAlex commented about Macklind Theatre on Apr 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

The theatre was never known as the Arsenal, even though it was on that street.

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JAlex commented about LOEW'S STATE Theatre; Saint Louis, Missouri. on Apr 12, 2014 at 9:51 am

Photo taken in May 1952.

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JAlex commented about 4th Street Theatre on Mar 23, 2014 at 11:12 am

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.

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JAlex commented about California Theatre of Performing Arts on Mar 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

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.

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JAlex commented about Family Theatre on Jan 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

The St. Louis Star in 1927 listed the Family as having 682 seats.

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JAlex commented about Comet Theatre on Nov 18, 2013 at 9:19 am

The original Comet was at 2110 Market Street and operated from c.1911 until 1933.

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JAlex commented about AMC Regency Square 8 on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

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.

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JAlex commented about Art Theatre on Oct 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

The date of the assault/robbery was May 27, 1952. The perpetrators made off with all of $1.75. The theatre closed on May 30th “for the summer”, but with art film competition from the Shady Oak, Pageant and the Lyn, the venue did not reopen in the fall, reverting to strictly a screening room operation.

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JAlex commented about O'Fallon Theatre on Sep 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

According to newspaper accounts, the shooting took place in the basement office of the O'Fallon Theatre. The subsequent suicide took place in a car in O'Fallon Park. This was reported in all three dailies, the Post-Dispatch, the Globe-Democrat and the Star-Times of Jan. 27, 1944. I can vouch that these newspapers are available on microfilm at the downtown St. Louis library.

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JAlex commented about Barretts Theatorium on Sep 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm

“Long gone” for sure. Theatre listed in directories from 1911 to 1914. Operation just west of Jefferson.

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JAlex commented about Norside Theatre on Aug 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Opening night of the theatre was October 1, 1936 with a double-bill of “The Devil-Doll” and “We Went to College”. Newspaper coverage then gave a seating capacity of 1200.

In order to build the Norside, a night club on the site was demolished. This nightclub at one time was a movie house, the North Grand, which operated 1910-1922.

Sam Komm did not build the theatre, but he did take title to the structure in 1947.

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JAlex commented about Grand Vu Drive-In on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:39 pm

The FDYB also spells it “Vu”.

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JAlex commented about Movies at West Main on Jul 12, 2013 at 9:14 am

If my recollections are correct, this theatre opened under the management of Fabian theatres…soon taken over by UA Theatres. If not opened by Fabian, Fabian initiated plans for the house.

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JAlex commented about Crestwood Theatre on May 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Oops…the run at Sunset Hills was but 7 weeks; the run at the Mid-City was 8.