Kings Theatre

818 N. Kingshighway Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Kings Theatre, St. Louis MO in 1920 - Program

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The 1,370-seat Kings Theatre was built in 1912 and had an adjoining airdome that gave a combined seating capacity of 3,600, the largest of any theatre up to that time. It was first a Loew’s house with vaudeville but when Loew’s canceled its Midwest vaudeville it began showing movies in 1923. On 4/21/23 a Wurlitzer pipe organ was installed (opus#0649) 2manual/6rank at a supposed cost of $25,000. When the organ was removed it was sold for parts and it is now scattered throughout the country.

It is said that antiques from the old Planters Hotel were scattered around the theatre for ambience. The auditorium was torn down in 1935 and the front of the building lived on for retail space. The same company that owned the Kings Theatre owned the Mozart Theatre also which was at Delmar and Bayard and was an airdome.

Contributed by James Grebe

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JAlex
JAlex on July 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Note that the 3600 seats includes, as mentioned in Mr. Grebe’s remarks, the adjacent airdome. The theatre itself had 1370 seats.

The architect was F. A. Duggan.

Loew’s did not operate the house; but Loew’s Circuit vaudeville was booked in 1921 and 1922. During this timeframe, house was operated by Famous Players-Missouri (Paramount).

Theatre closed in May 1929.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Here is the location as seen on Google maps. The small building is part of a used car lot. I have my doubts if this small structure was ever part of the theater. I think the status is closed/demolished.
http://tinyurl.com/58vkqo

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

According to the comment on July 4, the theater building apart from the airdrome had 1370 seats. Even if the auditorium was demolished, the remaining frontage would be much bigger than what’s there now. The theater has been demolished.

JAlex
JAlex on September 12, 2008 at 10:17 am

The address of 818 North Kingshighway is correct. At least it was, as the theatre was demolished in 1935.

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