Harlem Theater

11 South Main Street,
East St. Louis, IL 62201

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This South Main Street theater, originally called the Olympia Theater, was later renamed the Harlem Theater, catering to African-American audiences.

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KenRoe
KenRoe on July 31, 2005 at 3:50 pm

I have references to this being named the Olympia Theatre (could be a typo) operating in Film Daily Yearbook’s 1930-1933 as a Negro theatre with a seating capacity of 500. It’s not listed in copies of F.D.Y. for 1941 or 1943.

The F.D.Y. for 1949-1955 also list it as a Negro theatre same seating capacity but called the Harlem Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 31, 2005 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Ken. I read that it was called the Olympic theater. Thanks for the correction.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 3:26 pm

In 1963, the Harlem was part of the Goldman-Plikos Circuit. Charles Goldman was president and general manager. Other Goldman theaters were the Criterion, Laclede, Regal and Senate in St. Louis.

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