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JAlex commented about Orpheum Theater on May 26, 2015 at 10:29 am

A few months ago I was walking by the theatre and noted one of the exit doors on St. Charles was open. Of course I looked in and saw the house lights on so I entered. I found the stage and the orchestra section being used for storage for the adjacent high-rise apartment which the Roberts brothers began and never completed before their financial troubles began.

Since the Roberts brothers no longer own the theatre, the old-Mayfair Hotel and the high-rise it would be appropriate to remove their name and catalogue the theatre as the ORPHEUM.

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JAlex commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 22, 2015 at 10:34 am

Looks like a tribute to Mr. Hankey of “South Park”.

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JAlex commented about Ambassador Theatre on Apr 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

To answer the question of “bigrose” of two years ago: a double bill of “Junior Miss” and “East to Look At.”

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JAlex commented about Galewood Theatre on Apr 17, 2015 at 11:23 am

If the theatre “closed in 1950” will someone explain the photo with “CinemaScope” on the marquee. This wide screen process was first used in 1953.

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JAlex commented about Hi-Pointe Theater on Apr 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

It has been announced that a second screen is to be added to the operation. To be called the Hi-Pointe Backlot, this 50-seat venue is not being carved from the original theatre but is in a separate building across the alley to the west.

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JAlex commented about AMC West Olive 16 on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Original opening date was 4/4/1997.

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JAlex commented about Kings Theatre on Dec 16, 2014 at 1:52 pm

When opened in January 1912 the Kings was one of the theatres of O. T. Crawford. After Crawford’s holdings were auctioned off for non-payment of debts in 1915, the theatre had a series of operators including William Goldman, Cella and Tate, Famous Players-Missouri, Loew’s, and the Skouras Brothers. Policies included stock companies, films and vaudeville. The last day the theatre was open in in May 1929, with the structure demolished in 1935.

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JAlex commented about Stan Kann at the Fox Wurlitzer on Dec 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

Somewhat misidentified. It actually is Milton Slosser at the Missouri Theatre Wurlitzer console.

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JAlex commented about Michigan Theater on Nov 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Demolition began in August 1999.

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JAlex commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

Photographs of the Paramount lobby murals appear in the 2014-Third Quarter issue of the THS journal, Marquee. This issue devoted to muralist Louis F. Grell.

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JAlex commented about Altwood Drive-In on Oct 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Venue changed its name to the CAPRI Drive-In in 1961 when Mid-America took over operation. To my knowledge, operation ceased in October 1978.

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JAlex commented about Esquire Theater on Oct 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Theatre reopens today, 10/17. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/10/take-a-look-at-the-75-year-old-esquire-theatre-s.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-10-16&u=vUaEtrOpEYSs2NMWZXEu7pe8I7r&t=1413561805

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JAlex commented about Esquire Theater on Oct 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

As AMC’s website says: “We’re putting the final touches on construction of this theatre to make sure everything is AMC amazing when we open Oct. 17.”

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JAlex commented about Shaw Theatre on Aug 30, 2014 at 12:11 pm

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 12:18 pm

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 11:31 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 12:29 pm

No. The Cinerama screen had been removed in 1959.

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JAlex commented about Broadway Drive-In on May 28, 2014 at 9:11 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 2:22 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 5:03 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 12:12 pm

Theatre opened on September 12, 1910.

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JAlex commented about Sun Theater on May 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Theatre reopened on May 10, 2014.

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JAlex commented about Cinderella Theater on Apr 19, 2014 at 11:47 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 11:31 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 11:28 am

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