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Theatre was listed in the 1956 Film Daily Year Book.
Interesting that a non-Disney film gets “top billing” on the El Cap’s homepage.
About 10-12 blocks away.
Photo dates from November, 1930.
A few of the comments refer to this theatre as the Park. When did the name change occur?
The neighboring space is where office building stands. It opened in mid-1924.
If the Roxy is no longer considered a famous theatre, then why not eliminate from this site all the theatres that have been demolished?
A full-blown afternoon of Wurlitzer organ is scheduled for Sunday August 13th, 2017 at 2PM. As two years ago the program features Jack Moelmann, this time with Dave Wickerham and Justin LaVoie also at the console. A rare opportunity to hear the instrument in something besides the 15-minute snapshot included in some of the tours.
Opening ad copy: “Opening Tonight, May 3rd, with Eddie Cantor in ‘The Kid From Spain.’ Owned and Operated by Edward Bischoff, James Wilson, Wallace Kieselhorst.”
Theatre opened Jan. 10, 1914. Last night of operation was Dec. 1, 1946. Architect was John Paulus. Seating capacity was 575.
A few errors in the overview. Theatre did not open in 1937, but on March 21, 1942. There was no fire in 1947. Theatre ceased operation on May 13, 1956, not in 1955.
Theatre was built by Meyer Brothers and Pracht who were operating the Knickerbocker Theatre at the time.
Opening year should be 1926, not 1916. The building permit for the structure was issued in August 1925 and theatre opened for business on February 1, 1926. The architect of the original structure was Preston Bradshaw.
The theatre was a little more than half-way out the block, around where the roof sign reading “Globe” is seen.
Theatre was open as early as May 1932 as the CARDINAL, with a newspaper ad appearing in the Post-Dispatch. Theatre was renamed the JANET and, as such, opened on April 23, 1938. The Arthur chain did not operate this theatre.
Having lived in the area 1981-1989 I don’t recall “Deep Throat” running 10 years.
The rewards program will shift to that of Marcus on May 17. Bit by bit the Wehrenberg heritage disappears.
Al Lyons, who was musical director at the Los Angeles Orpheum in the 1940s and who earlier had been an emcee for the stage shows at the Fox in St. Louis said in an interview published in St. Louis in 1931: “There was a small theater, the West Adams, which was so conservative that it didn’t even have music with its pictures. I induced the owner to permit me to rent a piano and become his sole orchestra—for $12 a week. Those were happy—and busy—days. Worked from noon until midnight, playing to the pictures. I rumbled the bass when thunder pealed. I pounded the sides of the piano to simulate the hoof beats of galloping horses. I played songs about moonlight and daisies and purling brooks. I was in truth, delivering all the sound effects the action on the screen demanded.
It has been announced the theatre will be demolished by the City of Alton.
1927 is the correct year. The engagement of “Gorilla” was billed as the world premiere.
While the layout of the Ambassador and Oriental Theatres were somewhat similar, the decoration of the two certainly weren’t. The Ambassador had a “Spanish Carnival” design, the Oriental, as Ben Hall described it, a “hasheesh-dream décor.”
The description says “it mostly ran first-run movies.”
It was not until 1968 the Granada had a f-r film, and that was a multiple-theatre run. The Granada was a second-run house until that time. An exceptional house, to be sure, when first opened it was the equivalent of a “try-out” house with successful stage acts moving down to the Skouras Brothers' prime house, the Ambassador.
March 2nd to 8th, 1929.
Theatre didn’t become part of the St. Louis Amusement chain until 1926, four years after opening.
The last ad I’ve spotted for the Victory was in February, 1972.