Brentwood Theater

2529 Brentwood Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63119

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Brentwood Theater

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The Brentwood opened on March 14, 1942. It was a well-run theater located in an affluent neighborhood on a commercial strip. The theater seated 700. It went through some problems during it’s tenure as a motion picture theater. There were bomb threats in 1965 and 1972 causing evacuation. There was a bungled burglary in 1968 (netting $11), whereby the bandits were caught when they dropped tire irons while hiding and the police apprehended then.

Billie Lasker (a smut-fighting grandma) led a march to the local prosecutors office in 1972, in protest to the theater’s showing of <em>Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex But Was Afraid To Ask</em>.

The theater had very limited parking and therefore patrons would park at neighboring areas and a problem was created again as the theater patrons returned to their cars to be greeted by a parking ticket.

The Brentwood was always a very well maintained and well-run theater while in the ownership of Mid America Theatres. It ran mostly first-run features and art films.

When AMC opened their four screen down the road, in the Galleria Mall, the Brentwood was closed.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on December 30, 2005 at 5:29 pm

The old lady must have been narrow-minded, because it was a Woody Allen film and not a porno.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 11, 2006 at 6:16 am

As of 2002, the building was occupied by H&R Block.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 10:45 am

This is a small photo of the H&R Block building, however, the address is 2525.
http://tinyurl.com/6xgppa

JAlex
JAlex on June 7, 2009 at 5:59 am

For its first 24 years of operation, the Brentwood was a typical neighborhood house. In 1965, when Mid-America Theatres was beginning its expansion, the Brentwood was remodeled (design by Martin Bloom and Associates) and reopened with the 2nd-run of “My Fair Lady” that December. The first exclusive first-run engagement at the Brentwood followed in April with “A Thousand Clowns.” Long runs were the norm at the Brentwood with “Midnight Cowboy” running 35 weeks; a hardticket engagement of “The Lion in Winter” running 34. Management changed to RKO Mid-America in 1984, then AMC in 1985. Not fitting AMC’s multi-screen pattern, they closed the theatre in July 1986 saying the Brentwood was “old and inefficient.” The theatre reopened as an indie (with $1.50 admission)briefly, from August to October that year. The final film shown was “Legal Eagles.”

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Never went to this theater…but it’s interesting how the black banner were used at this theater. Exaclty the same as the banners on the Fine Arts (Beverly) Theater. The picture of the Brentwood makes it clear this was still the case when RKO-MidAmerica, rather than just MidAmerica, ran the theater. Did other Mid-America theaters have the black banners? Like the Esquire or the Crestwood, for example? Don’t believe the Village Square ever had those…

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

Nice looking theatre.

TheWiz
TheWiz on July 15, 2014 at 9:03 am

I remember in 1973, the Exorcist ran at the Brentwood and the Ellisville, for quite some time. I was an usher at the Ellisville at the time, and was ask to “Help” at the Brentwood by directing traffic in the parking lot… it got crazy on the weekends. It was cold!

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