818 N. Kingshighway Boulevard,
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Architects: F.A. Duggan
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.
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