4th Street Theatre

110 N. Fourth Street,
Moberly, MO 65270

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4th Street Theatre

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Built in 1913, the 4th Street Theatre opened on February 9, 1914 as a 1,000-seat vaudeville and movie house. The beautiful theatre was elaborately decorated with much gold leaf, rich in coloring and velor curtains. It had rich mahogany swinging doors, wainscoting of white marble, ornate terra cotta trimmings in beautiful colors. Alterations were carried out in March 1924 by architect Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers architectural firm, and the theatre reopened on April 25, 1924. Alterations included the enlargement of the balcony. Last operated by B & B Theatres, they had renamed it Cinema, and they closed the 4th Street Theatre in March 1997.

Most of the terra cotta is intact and is being restored. It had a free standing ticket booth in the entrance way which will be restored. The stage, dressing rooms and orchestra pit are still there.

Contributed by Carolee Hazlet, Michael Childers

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Carolee Hazlet
Carolee Hazlet on June 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

An update on Moberly’s 4th Street Theatre restoration…
We have raised over $700,000 so far and have about $250,000 to go. We have paid for everything as we have done it so we stay out of debt. Now ready to install the HVAC system. Have the plumbing and electric infrasture in also all the frame work plus much more. We are planning a volunteer work day in July. Have had several fundraisers this spring. One, a Cemetery Walk went well and a Vaudeville Variety Show went very well. We need ideas for fundraisers or funding sources so please share with us. Many ulumni groups are wanting to hold their reunions at the theatre as soon as we can let them and I hope that is soon. Carolee, PD

DonLewis on December 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

From 2010 photos of the 4th Street Theatre in Moberly. [Please click on thumbnails for larger view].

TLSLOEWS on December 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

What a great Marquee in the 1945 photo,the new photos are good too.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

pictures are Great.

Bill2 on June 17, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The 4th St. was the better of the 2 theaters in Moberly when I lived and taught in Madison. But the State always had the better movies. This was during the late 70’s.

crossstitcher on July 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

The outside is really lovely. I hope I hear about it when the renovation is complete so I can visit it! Good luck, folks!

KevinBirge on April 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I hope that the fight over political correctness will be lost in favor of historic truth—the old black only entrance is still intact, and ought to be preserved.

JAlex on March 23, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Extensive coverage of the theatre’s history and current restoration is featured in Marquee, the quarterly publication of the Theatre Historical Society. The organization’s website is historictheatres.org.

Carolee Hazlet
Carolee Hazlet on March 24, 2014 at 9:20 pm

An update on the 4th St. Theatre. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is wonderful. The things left to do are the stage lighting and curtains, the carpet, seats and finishing restoring the terra cotta on the inside walls and laying the sidewalk and entry way stars plus several small things. We continue to fund raise so we can finish the restoration this year. We will then have a grand opening. Thank you for the comment from JAlex about the Marquee magazine. THS did a magnificent job on it and we are spreading it around so if anyone wants a copy do get in touch with me. My e-mail is I will give another update soon.

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