Pershing Theatre

5917 Delmar Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63112

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Pershing Theatre

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The Pershing Theatre was originally called the Park Theatre due to the fact that the Park Opera Company operated it. It was built in about 1913 at a cost of $100-$150,000.00. The building was of reinforced concrete and towards the end it was called unsafe by the city of St. Louis and tore down.

When the opera company disbanded the name was changed to the Pershing and movies became the mainstay. In 1919 a Kilgen 3/13 pipe organ was installed. In 1921 the Kilgen ledger show the organ was moved to the Arsenal Theatre and was installed in it. The ledger only shows three manuals so the organ may have been reduced in size to fit the Arsenal.

Contributed by James Grebe

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JAlex
JAlex on May 4, 2005 at 6:32 pm

Theatre opened January 19, 1914 featuring vaudeville at popular prices. Architect was firm of Kennerly & Stiegemeyer. Seating capacity of 1831. Renamed PERSHING (after Gen. Pershing of WW I) in 1919. Theatre demolished in 1935.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 16, 2006 at 6:50 am

The Park/Pershing Theatre had an adjoining outdoor summer theatre.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

This site has an extensive history of the neighborhood, including the theater:
http://tinyurl.com/b3hqpa

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