Spanish Lake Cinema

12109 Bellefontaine Road,
Spanish Lake, MO 63138

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Spanish Lake Cinema

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The second of the three Jerry Lewis Cinemas to open in the greater St. Louis-area, this house opened in June 1972.

The Jerry Lewis name only lasted 10 months, with management shifting to Mid-America then Arthur Enterprises which operated until August 1974. During this time the theatre was renamed the Spanish Lake Cinema.

The day after Arthur left, the theatre began a policy of "adult" films and the booking of "Deep Throat" brought about legal wrangles which, in four months, resulted in the closing of the house as well as the manager being fined and sentenced to jail.

Reopening in January 1975 with general audience product, the house became known as the Belle-Park, the name of the strip mall where the theatre was located at the intersection of Bellefontaine and Parker Roads. Newspaper ads for this operation were discontinued that December.

After many years of apparent closure, the house reopened in May 1992 as a PFX Theatres operation, only to close that September.

Currently occupying the space is a restaurant with the name of "China Wogk" (sic).

Contributed by Jerry Alexander

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 26, 2010 at 7:09 am

SCREENS: TWIN

Jerry Lewis Cinemas had 2 screens.

More info and photos are always welcome.

JAlex
JAlex on December 26, 2010 at 10:09 am

Not so in St. Louis! Only one of the three JL cinemas had two screens, and this wasn’t the one.

Disappointing to see how soon the switch from “single” to “twin” screen was made in the header.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on December 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

Jerry, sorry, I thought the whole idea of the Jerry Lewis Cinemas was to have 2 screens in order to save on costs. I wonder if single screens were located in any other place besides St. Louis? How I’m wondering about 3 or more screens.

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