Star Theatre

215 South Main Street,
Hannibal, MO 63401

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Star Theatre  Hannibal, MO  June 1995

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This 1906 vaudeville theatre was owned by John B. Price, who also owned the Park Theater in Hannibal. Sold to Frisina Theaters in 1946, it was destructively and dreadfully remodeled in 1948. The theatre only survived 11 more years. After its closing, it remained vacant for several more years before becoming a bar. It stayed this way for approximately 30 years. Several floods contributed to its deterioration. It remained vacant until 2000.

After being condemned, the movie theatre was purchased one day before demolition. Over four years have been spent renovating this theatre back to its previous beauty. It is used to show classic movies with full restaurant and bar service available, with B & B style rooms upstairs. Before and after photos are amazing. Restoration was completed in September 2005.

Features beautiful columns on exterior with plaster moldings. Interior contains original tin ceilings, large wood trim with dentils and fluted columns.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 11:06 am

A Hinners theater organ was installed in the Star Theater in 1910.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 18, 2007 at 7:32 pm

That organ was replaced with a Kilgen theater organ opus 3421 size 2/5 in 1925.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 22, 2008 at 9:00 am

Here is a photo of the Star Theater building. I don’t know when it was taken.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 4, 2008 at 9:02 am

This is a recent photo of the Star Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 1, 2009 at 9:36 am

Status should be open. According to their website, “After 5 years of renovation, we officially opened on September 1, 2005.”

kpdennis on April 25, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Nice rehab work on Hannibal’s Star Theater. It was certainly a derelict venue (couldn’t tell if the c&w music club was even open) when this shot was taken in 1995:
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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2010 at 6:39 am

Boxoffice of April 26, 1952, says “The Frisina Amusement Co.’s Star Theatre in Hannibal is being used as a third-run house. The Tom Sawyer is the city’s first run and Eddie Rosecan’s Rialto is the second run theatre and occasionally obtains first runs.”

HannMo on March 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

The Hannibal Community Theatre will be performing at the Star this summer. The show is “Southern Comfort,” a laugh-out-loud riot! We will perform the show on Friday,July 23rd, Sat, July 24th, Friday, July 30, and Sat. July 31st. Other dates may be added to accommodate tour groups. Dinner starts at 6:30, with the show starting at 7:30.

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