Cross Keys Cinema

110 Cross Keys Shopping Center,
Florissant, MO 63030

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Cross Keys Cinema

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The Cross Keys Cinema was built and operated by Arthur Theatres chain until the Arthur chain went out of business. It original operated on a day and date basis with one of the midtown or downtown movie palaces. It later ran first run on its own and then became a discount theater when the Arthur Theatre Chain became financially strapped.

The Cross Keys was a single floor theater of the modern decor for cinemas built in the 70s. It was similiar to it’s sister theatres the Lewis & Clark and the St. Ann Cinema.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

ex143IA on February 4, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Chuck, I don’t think that the Lewis & Clark was similiar to Cross Keys. You’re correct about St. Ann and you should include St. Andrews in St.Charles. Cross Keys and the “Saints” could only project 35mm while L&C could project 35mm & 70mm. L&C’s equipment came from the closed Pageant

JAlex on July 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm

Wehrenberg took over operation in November 1977. This firm made a twin out of it and this operation began in November 1978.

JAlex on January 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Theatre closed in January 1999…at the time operated by John Moseley.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on July 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I went to this place once to see Gremlins 2. That was around 1984-1985 and the theater was a discount house.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on August 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

Since this theater became a twin after opening as a single screen, shouldn’t the number of screens be 2 rather than 1? Just wondering…

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on March 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

One more thing about the Cross Keys: Although everyone could see the marquee with the “Batman” ears near the main entrance to the shopping center, the cinema itself as hidden way in the back of the center, as I recall. Didn’t you use to have to drive almost all the way around the center to get to the cinema?

JAlex on July 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

It’s not missing, it’s just in Ferguson, Mo. and not Florissant, Mo. as the article misstates.

Rsieving on May 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

My uncle, Roger Abeln was the Manager of this cinema for years. He went on to manage the Fox and the 270 Drive-in. I worked at the Cross Keys (and later at the Fox) for years in the late 70’s. Great place to “work” (though it was mostly play).

PrezGAR on November 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I remember three movies I saw at Cross Keys. Pete’s Dragon (we had won tickets, along with LPs of the story and music in a contest), The Money Pit and GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords.

dschless on March 27, 2014 at 11:21 am

Rsieving (Rick?), I too worked for Roger in the 70’s and you are right, it was more play than work :)

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