Broadway Theatre

1320 E. Broadway,
East St. Louis, IL 62201

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The Broadway Theatre is listed in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook as open as a “Negro theater” and seating 465. The theater was located on Broadway at 13th Street, and appears to be a vacant lot today.

Any futher information on the Broadway would be appreciated.

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KenRoe on August 2, 2005 at 7:37 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbook’s 1940-1949 as a Negro theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 8:06 am

Opening day listed for the Broadway Theater was August 20, 1906.

KenRoe on August 2, 2005 at 8:32 am

Film Daily Yearbook’s 1930-1933 and 1949-1955 list a Little Broadway Theatre, 1312 East Broadway, East St. Louis as operating as a Negro theatre with a seating capacity of 600 (in all editions). Could this be the same theatre or one just along the street?

My copies of F.D.Y. 1941 and 1943 editions only show the Broadway Theatre with 465 seats.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 8:55 am

I’m not sure if the Little Broadway and Broadway are the same theaters or two different theaters. I can only find a listing for a Broadway Theater. E. St. Louis appears to recyle the theater names and buildings similar to NY theaters. So far I have found three Lyric, three Majestic and three Erber theaters. I’m getting an Excedrin headache.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 9:46 am

Another history site that lists some theaters that were operating in 1931:
“The Home Theater at 1701 Gaty (in 1940 it becomes Gaty Theater); the American Theater at 1026 8th Street; a remodeled Avenue Theater at 219 Collinsville Avenue; the Broadway Theater at 1320 East Broadway; the Eagle during the 1930s. Theater at Broadway and Collinsville Avenue; the New Orpheum Theater at 349 Collinsville Avenue; the Liberty Theater at 321 East Missouri Avenue; the Washington at 817 Trendley; the Olympic Theater at 11 South Main Street; the Royal Theater at 918 Market Street, and the State Theater at 2416 State”.

KenRoe on August 2, 2005 at 10:04 am

I Have reference of a Delora Theatre operating as a Negro theatre in editions of Film Daily Yearbook 1949-1955. No further details given.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 10:28 am

I have nothing on a Delora Theater. You might have discovered another theater Ken.

RetroMike on August 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I have ads for the Broadway Theatre from March and April of 1908 if anyone would like to see them.

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