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JAlex commented about Loew's Mid-City Theatre on Sep 23, 2016 at 9:02 am

Another name to be added to the list: theatre was known as the PLAYERS from September 1916 to April 1917. Renamed for the Players stock company which was based there. In April 1917 the theatre was closed and was effectively rebuilt (from two balconies to one) and reopened in March 1919 as the Rialto.

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JAlex commented about Sunset Hills Cinema 4 on Sep 17, 2016 at 9:40 am

“Cactus Flower” played at the Creve Coeur, Grandview and South County. None of these theatres exists today.

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JAlex commented about The rich history and fantastic theaters of Graven & Mayger, a forgotten architecture duo on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:37 pm

Aside from the middle photograph an identification would be appreciated.

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JAlex commented about Hi-Pointe Theater on Sep 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

The Hi-Pointe features two items which make it somewhat unique in today’s exhibition scene: 1) An operable curtain; and 2) No screen commercials.

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JAlex commented about West End Theatre on Sep 3, 2016 at 8:59 am

The Skouras Brothers took over the theatre in 1919. The 1917 date was in error.

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JAlex commented about Thunderbird Drive-In on Aug 25, 2016 at 1:52 pm

It’s always been interesting on Cinema Treasures how correct information is integrated into the description with no credit given to the contributor.

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JAlex commented about Rainbow Theatre on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

Research has shown years of operation were 1911 to 1932.

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JAlex commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Aug 11, 2016 at 9:02 am

Brief lobby area shot appears in Woody Allen’s “CafĂ© Society.” Shot passes for a Hollywood movie palace.

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JAlex commented about 1957 photo courtesy of Kristen Stopp Godar. on Aug 6, 2016 at 12:06 pm

July 16, 1957 to be exact. Lewis made four appearances that day.

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JAlex commented about Powell Symphony Hall on Aug 6, 2016 at 10:13 am

Even though “The Flying Fool” played the St. Louis Theatre, the photo is not of that theatre.

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JAlex commented about Northland Cinema on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:20 am

Closing date was July 29, 1999.

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JAlex commented about Colony Theatre on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

The photograph was taken in December 2009.

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JAlex commented about Keller Plaza 8 on Jul 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

The Wehrenberg carpet was ripped out over one year ago in the lobby and corridors. It remains as the runner in the auditoria. Perhaps they didn’t realize what a replacement would cost.

A couple of cost-saving moves are of note as well. Tickets are often sold at the concession stand rather than have someone in the boxoffice. Also, a couple of weeks ago they discontinued their ads in the local newspaper.

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JAlex commented about Apache Theatre on Jul 10, 2016 at 8:43 am

The name change from New Shenandoah to Apache was a manoeuvre to become first in the alphabetical neighborhood theatre listings in the newspaper.

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JAlex commented about Colony Theatre on Jul 6, 2016 at 10:06 am

The Waverly Theatre opened in May 1921. With a change of ownership in 1934 the theatre was renamed the 40th Street. The structure suffered a fire in 1945, was closed, and was replaced in 1948 with a new structure, and name, as the Colony Theatre. Theatre started showing X-rated films in 1974 which continued until closure in 1992.

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JAlex commented about JC Cinema on Jul 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

A series of photos available with the Enquirer story.

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JAlex commented about El Rey Theatre on Jun 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

Theatre, as a movie house, certainly lasted past 1975. I saw films there in 1982, 1983 and 1984.

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JAlex commented about New Merry Widow Theatre on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:26 am

Ameren Corporation (the local electric company) intends to renovate this building as offices. Ameren headquarters across 18th street from this structure.

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JAlex commented about Hudson Theatre on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

Correct name of the theatre was the HUDSON. It appeared as early as 1911 in the City Directory. The address was 1100 Park.

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JAlex commented about New Grand Central Theatre on Jun 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

“The Jazz Singer” opened Christmas Day, 1927 and had a 10-week run.

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JAlex commented about Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center on Jun 2, 2016 at 10:31 am

Let’s also mention Pontiac is one of the stops of Amtrak’s trains between St. Louis and Chicago.

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JAlex commented about Lincoln Theatre 1941 on May 30, 2016 at 9:34 am

Old-timers still call Scott “Scott Field.”

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JAlex commented about AMC Crestwood Plaza 10 on May 25, 2016 at 7:24 am

The entire mall is currently being demolished.

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JAlex commented about Town Square 12 Cine' on May 24, 2016 at 2:13 pm

It may have “all the amenities,” but it sure has an off-putting exterior.

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JAlex commented about Randolph Theatre on May 22, 2016 at 10:19 am

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.’”