Broadway Theatre

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

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Broadway Theatre 1917

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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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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 2, 2005 at 7:37 am

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

Ken Roe
Ken Roe 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.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe 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.

RetroMike
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.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on March 15, 2018 at 3:01 am

Proberly demolished after the fire, whenever it was?

RickB
RickB on March 15, 2018 at 4:52 am

The caption says the photo is from 1917, so obviously not the same theater that was operating in the 1940s.

JAlex
JAlex on March 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

The photo is of the ruins of the Broadway after the race riot of 1917. Earlier known as the McCasland Opera House. Location was 700 Broadway.

The Little Broadway, at 1312 Broadway, ended up as a nightclub and, after years of abandonment, burned in January 2010.

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