4th Street Theatre

110 N. Fourth Street,
Moberly, MO 65270

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Carolee Hazlet
Carolee Hazlet on March 24, 2014 at 8:20 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.

JAlex on March 23, 2014 at 12:12 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.

KevinBirge on April 1, 2013 at 11:20 am

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.

crossstitcher on July 12, 2011 at 5:31 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!

Bill2 on June 17, 2011 at 8:26 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.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

pictures are Great.

TLSLOEWS on December 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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

DonLewis on December 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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

Carolee Hazlet
Carolee Hazlet on June 20, 2010 at 7:20 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

kencmcintyre on August 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Television is not going away, folks. From the Mexico (MO) Evening Ledger in May 1954:

MOBERLY â€" The 4th Street Theater will close Wednesday, May 5, for the summer months, according to Ralph Wallace, manager of both the Grand and 4th Street houses. Mr. Wallace said the Columbia television station had caused, he hopes temporarily, a decreased attendance since the first of the year. However, he thinks the theater will reopen next fall.

Carolee Hazlet
Carolee Hazlet on November 7, 2004 at 4:37 pm

Actually B&B didn’t cover over any of the terra cotta work or changed much except put curved walls on each side of the stage to tighten up the area for the large screen. These will be taken down
for the restoration to open the area again.
Fundraising is continuing but contractors will start in Dec. 2004 on phase one.
See our website at www.4thstreettheater.org

ehaynes on October 18, 2004 at 12:52 am

I saw many movies in this theatre in the 1970’s. Movies such as Jaws, The Great Gatsby, King Kong, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars, and many, many more. I’d see anything that was showing even though I was between 8 – 12 years old. I can remember there were two sets of bathrooms because in early days they were segregated for blacks and whites. The seats were very old even back then, the material was very dark red, thick, and almost course. I still remember the feel of those seats, something you’ll never see or feel like that again. I saw so many movies there that I knew by memory which seats creaked or sunk in.