LeMay Theatre

318 Lemay Ferry Road,
St. Louis, MO 63125

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LeMay Theatre

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The LeMay Theatre opened in 1929 in the St. Louis suburb of Lemay just a few short blocks from the city limits. The LeMay was a busy neighborhood house well into the 1960’s when it went to a weekend only operation. The theater closed and reopened a couple of times.

When Harman Moseley reopened the LeMay in the mid 80’s, he twinned the theater and it became a second run discount house along with his Kirkwood Cinema. Admission started out at one dollar and later increased to $1.50. It was successful until the end of the 80’s when other discount houses started popping up.

The Lindbergh 8 was taken over by Wehrenberg Theatres just a short distance away at Lindbergh and Lemay Ferry Road and became a discount house, thus killing the business of the LeMay. The theater building is currently in the process of being converted into a mosque.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on May 29, 2007 at 2:52 pm

Structure currently being remodeled into a mosque.

JAlex
JAlex on February 18, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Just so you know…it is pronounced LEE-may.

The twinning took place in November 1985, and was not a Moseley operation at the time.

JAlex
JAlex on February 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Well, in my part of St. Louis it is pronounced as I noted above.

As to the spelling, it would seem the theatre marquee is the only
place it is spelled that way. The theatre is/was on Lemay Ferry Road; the area (non-incorporated) is spelled Lemay; and for the most part the theatre always appeared in theatre ads as Lemay.

Giggleloop
Giggleloop on May 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm

This building is right down the street from where I live now. I always harbored secret dreams of restoring it to an art house theater. Although the marquee is gone now, the building has been beautifully restored on the outside (I can’t say what the inside looks like, as I’ve never been in pre/post renovation). The front of the building is nice, and the current owners built an entrance/porch onto the side of the building (facing the parking lot), where once would have been the emergency exit, I assume. I’m glad that this is one classic theater that got restored/repurposed & saved, rather than just being demolished. :)

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