Liberty Theatre

321 E. Missouri Avenue,
East St. Louis, IL 62201

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The Liberty Theatre opened in the 1920’s and was closed in 1943. It was located on Missouri Avenue near Collinsville Avenue.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 30, 2005 at 1:13 pm

A history of East St. Louis….In 1940 the Range Theater at 321 Missouri Avenue opens. It will shortly become the Liberty Theater and have two statues of Lady Liberty at the entrance. When it closes, it becomes the Youth For Christ building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 9:37 am

This is from a history site on E. St. Louis. They also give the address as 327 instead of 321. Were these streets renumbered?

“Mary Angela Vogt’s father, Theo Vogt, and uncle (Herman Hauser) had a liquor store in the early 1900’s at 327 Missouri Ave. This later became the Liberty Theater”.

JAlex on January 31, 2010 at 10:18 am

It would seem the theatre reopened in late 1944. A news story appearing in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in January 1945 related that the mayor of East St. Louis ordered the New Liberty Theatre to stop showing “adults only” type of films that it had been exhibiting for three months. Max Wald, the manager, then said he would change to “general interest” films. How long this policy lasted is not known.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

The Liberty Theatre is listed in the 1947 Film Daily Yearbook as closed with 485 seats.

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