Comments from JAlex

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JAlex commented about Landmark at 57 West on Jun 15, 2018 at 9:11 am

The comments section in the news item on the home page about this theatre is in great need of editing to eliminate the advertisements.

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JAlex commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jun 14, 2018 at 9:33 am

In later years the concession stand stood to the right side. The pre-popped popcorn was most un-tasty.

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JAlex commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jun 14, 2018 at 9:30 am

This is a shot of the lobby of the MISSOURI Theatre, not Loew’s State.

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JAlex commented about Paradise Theater on Jun 8, 2018 at 8:36 am

I can only imagine what this marquee would have looked like at night….

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JAlex commented about Victory Theatre on May 27, 2018 at 8:44 am

In many cities the Mikado name was dropped? This site only shows two theatres and one drive-in to have ever had that name.

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JAlex commented about Rock Road Drive-In on May 27, 2018 at 8:36 am

Overview mis-states when “porn” movies were being shown. Films of “racy” genre were a staple long before Wehrenberg took over operation.

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JAlex commented about 1929 photo courtesy of Jeff Nichols. on May 9, 2018 at 8:50 am

Does anyone know when the massive UA vertical was removed?

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JAlex commented about Pickwick Theatre on May 4, 2018 at 9:47 am

Charles Crawford, one of the sons of Lester Crawford, leased the theatre in 1904 and embarked on a policy of stock, then vaudeville. Apparently unsuccessful, ads for the theatre ceased at the end of the year. Crawford had renamed the theatre STAR (not to be confused with the STAR at 14 S. Jefferson).

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JAlex commented about Court Street Theatre on May 4, 2018 at 9:08 am

Theatre reopens Friday, May 4, 2018.

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JAlex commented about Cahokia Drive-In on Apr 12, 2018 at 9:35 am

Opening date was 9/22/55.

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JAlex commented about Broadway Theatre on Mar 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

The photo is of the ruins of the Broadway after the race riot of 1917. Earlier known as the McCasland Opera House. Location was 700 Broadway.

The Little Broadway, at 1312 Broadway, ended up as a nightclub and, after years of abandonment, burned in January 2010.

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JAlex commented about Fox Theatre on Mar 1, 2018 at 9:36 am

August 21 to 27, 1936

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JAlex commented about Marcus Ronnie's 20 Cinema on Feb 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

Time flies…Marcus bought out Wehrenberg in the fall of 2016. Sorry.

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JAlex commented about Marcus Ronnie's 20 Cinema on Feb 21, 2018 at 9:14 am

With the buyout of Wehrenberg last fall by Marcus, the venue is now a cinema, not a cine.

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JAlex commented about Orpheum Theatre on Feb 10, 2018 at 10:30 am

The time-frames when the Orpheum exhibited films:

December 1926 to April 1928 (with Orpheum circuit vaudeville) September 1934 to July 1936 (Warner Bros. management) July 1936 to February 1938 (Fanchon & Marco management) January 1943 to May 1960 (Loew’s management)

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JAlex commented about Marcus Theatres Chesterfield Galaxy 14 on Feb 2, 2018 at 10:53 am

The lighting fixtures (alas, overexposed) originally graced the Ambassador Theatre downtown.

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JAlex commented about Grand Theatre on Jan 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm

The explosion/fire took place in November 1884. The theatre was rebuilt and opened in September 1885. Colonel Hopkins and the Tri-State Amusement Co. began to operate the theatre in August 1896 at which point the Grand Opera House became the Hopkins Grand Opera House. In August 1898 Hopkins and Tri-State parted company and the theatre reverted to simply Grand Opera House.

To St. Louisans, it was the Grand Theatre, not Grand Follies which just appeared on the attraction board of the canopy.

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JAlex commented about Grand Theatre on Jan 28, 2018 at 9:10 am

As a “cinema treasure” the venue was known as the Grand Opera House…this being the teens through the 20s. The movie (a subrun) was but one part of the offerings which included up to 9 acts from the Orpheum Circuit. Theatre became simply the Grand in the 30s when burlesque became offered until closure in the 60s.

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JAlex commented about Esquire Theatre on Jan 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

“Inferno” was also shown in 3-D at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis that August. Somebody at TCM needs to do better research.

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JAlex commented about Jerry Lewis Cinema on Jan 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Two out of the three in the St. Louis metropolitan area were single screeners. The third a twin.

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JAlex commented about Powell Symphony Hall on Jan 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm

This month (Jan. 2018) marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Powell Hall, the former St. Louis Theatre. The St.Louis Symphony will be observing the occasion. Further information can be had at: www.slso.org/powellat50

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JAlex commented about Baseline Drive-In on Dec 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

Call me a Doubting Thomas, but I find it difficult to believe the drive in opened in 1948 without speakers and speaker poles.

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JAlex commented about American Theatre on Oct 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

This is an auditorium view of the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis, not the American (in any of its three locations).

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JAlex commented about Lyric Skydome on Oct 27, 2017 at 9:01 am

Heavily altered since 1928, but not demolished.

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JAlex commented about C.C.C. Camp Theatre on Oct 20, 2017 at 10:51 am

Civilian Conservation Corps…a Roosevelt job-creation agency during the Great Depression.