Jo Theatre

205 N. 3rd Street,
St. Joseph, MO 64501

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Chris1982
Chris1982 on October 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

The Charwood Theatre was first listed as open in 1929 with 185 seats. It was listed as closed in 1932 and reopened in 1933. It was listed as the Louis Theatre in 1940 with seating as 310. It must have gone throu an expansion and remodel. It was listed as the Jo Theatre in 1942 with the 310 seats. by 1947 seating was increased to 510 so the building must have been expanded again and remodeled.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

The streamline modern front on the Jo Theatre dated from 1947. The August 8 issue of The Film Daily noted the project in their “About the Trade” column:

“The contract for the in- stallation of a modern theater front for the Jo Theater, St. Joseph, Mo., recently was awarded to the Glaze Construction Co., St. Joseph, by the owners… . William R. Scott manages the theater… .”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2014 at 6:21 pm

St. Joseph Memory Lane gives the address of the Jo Theatre as 124 N. 3rd Street. It also says that the house had been known as the Charwood Theatre and the Louis Theatre. It reopened as the Jo Theatre on June 26, 1942, and its last day of operation was Saturday, February 12, 1955.

I’ve found a single mention of the Charwood Theatre in the trade publications. The Film Daily of May 25, 1933, said that the Charwood Theatre had been transferred from Mrs. Charles T. Phelps to McKinney & McManus. Memory Lane says it was called the Louis Theatre from 1939-1941.

Tp
Tp on March 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

i was told if you have at+t as your internet provider they cant get even i have at+t i have to go to local library to get on this site.

Tp
Tp on March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

forgot to mention if you have ATT as internet provider you probably wont be able to bring it up.

Tp
Tp on March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

There is now a picture of this Theater at sjml.net46.net/jo2.jpg

Tp
Tp on December 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Grand Opening was Friday 26June1942 The movies were The Smiling Ghost with Wayne Morris,Brenda Marshall + a 2nd movie with WM. Hopalong Cassidy Boyd in Wide Open Town. Admission 15 cents.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on November 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

Open ~1943-~1955? Anyone care to verify the exact dates?

Owned by Dickinson Operating Co, Inc. of Mission, Kansas, Glen W. Dickinson, Jr. President. They had over 30 theaters in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

Could use an exact address, more info and photos.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Ads are usually reliable.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 10:01 pm

From the ads I looked at it was “JO”.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

This page indicates that there was a “Joe” theater in St. Joseph; I am wondering if this theater is the same as the “Jo”: http://members.fortunecity.com/wuppie/theater.htm