Esquire Theater

2416 State Street,
East St. Louis, IL 62205

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This theater, originally called the State Theater, was located on State Street at 24th Street. It was later renamed the Grand Theater, and finally, the Esquire Theater. The Esquire Theater is shown as operating and seating 750 in the 1945-1951 Film Daily Yearbooks, and was one of two East Saint Louis movie houses owned by Senator Lou Menges, the other being the Roxy Theater (originally called the Columbia Theater).

Today, there is a retail store at this address.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2005 at 1:29 pm

I read that Thomas Tobin was the manager of this theater in 1950 so it was still operating up to that year.

KenRoe on July 31, 2005 at 1:35 pm

Listed as the Esquire Theatre in Film Daily Yearbooks from at least 1941.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 4:21 am

This is from another old news story that I came across:
“The closing of the Majestic Theater in 1960, left East St. Louis with only two operating movie theaters. They are the Esquire and the Colony”. So the Esquire was still open in 1960. Where is the Colony theater? It isn’t the Colony-Waverly Theater because that became the 40th St Theater before 1960. I think we are missing a Colony Theater. I wonder if it was that triplex that I posted a message about under one of these East St. Louis theaters that became a porn theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 2, 2005 at 4:55 am

Okay, I found that Colony Theater again. I’m not sure if its a porn theater or some type of kinky club. The key line in their description is “Converted three-screen movie theater” showing adult videos. I wonder if this was the Colony movie theater that was open in 1960. This “establishment” is still known as the Colony Theater.

Colony Theater
4500 Forest Blvd
St Louis, IL 62204

Anyone know if there was ever a movie theater located at that address?

tamrich on April 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

What happened to the Waverly Theatre in East St. Louis
during the 1940’s?

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