Plaza Theatre

1200 Clara Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63112

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Plaza Theatre

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The Plaza Theatre, located at the corner of Clara and Etzel Avenues, was opened in 1910. It now serves as a church.

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Ralgev on August 5, 2005 at 12:39 pm

As a child, I lived on Clara Avenue near the Plaza Theatre. It was built originally as a church, and was converted into a movie theater in the 1940’s. I recall when the church windows were covered by brick. With the decline of attendance, the movie house shuttered, and the site reverted to its original use.

JAlex on October 24, 2008 at 4:57 pm

The Plaza was built in 1910 as a movie/vaudeville house with a seating capacity of 735. Theatre closed after the advent of talkies and for many years was the facility of Bais Yaakov Shul (The House of Jacob Synagogue). In 1947, structure returned to cinematic use and operated until 1956. After than, structure returned to religious use.

RetroMike on May 10, 2011 at 12:58 am

Article from the St. Louis Globe Democrat from January 30, 1910 showing how the new theater at the northeast corner of Etzel and Clara Avenue will look. Widmann & Walsh are the architects of the building. It is to be constructed wholly of brick, steel and cut stone. The interior lobby will be heart shaped because of the peculiarly shaped lot, measuring 12x30 feet. The Plaza Realty Amusement Company will build and operate the theater and is planned to open shortly after June 1, 1910. Joseph Townsend will manage the property. Planned capacity for the theater will be 700.

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