Gay Theatre

119 W. Commercial Street,
Charleston, MO 63834

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Gay Theatre

The New Theatre opened in 1941. It was renamed Gay Theatre in July 1949. The theatre seated 300 and was still listed as open in 1957.

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MichaelKilgore
MichaelKilgore on June 12, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Why and about when the New Theatre became Gay were in the July 23, 1949 issue of BoxOffice:

CHARLESTON, MO. – Manager Ed Burns has changed the name of the New Theatre to the Gay to avoid confusion with the McCutchen, newest local theatre which is referred to by townspeople as the “new” theatre.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on June 14, 2019 at 4:30 am

Sounds like it was a happy place?

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