Garrick Theatre

515 Chestnut Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 23, 2015 at 10:30 am

The theatre opened as Loew’s Garrick on January 30th, 1919. I’ve posted two ads in the Photos Section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

kschneiderstl: Liberty was an early aka for the house listed at Cinema Treasures as the Sun Theatre.

kschneiderstl on November 4, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Re: Tinseltoes link. There is a theatre called Fox’s Liberty Theatre in that ad. There does not seem to be a listing on Cinema Treasures for Fox’s Liberty or Liberty theatre in St. Louis. Did it go by any other names? Cinematour lists a Liberty Theatre in St. Louis, but there is no photo, address or other info.

JAlex on August 19, 2012 at 9:20 am

The 1908/1909 Cahn Directory gives a seating capacity totaling 1301. Specifically: 60 Box seats; 488 Orchestra seats; 382 Balcony seats; and 371 Gallery seats.

JAlex on August 14, 2011 at 11:03 am

The Odeon on Grand was primarily a concert/recital hall which occasionally presented a film. When the Municipal Auditorium (the future Kiel) opened in 1934 and the Symphony moved its concerts there, a policy of movies and stage shows for Black audiences was attempted, but was unsuccessful. A fire in late 1935 led to the building’s condemnation and demolishment.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2010 at 2:56 am

In 1899 the Garrick’s architect, William Albert Swasey, designed a building for the Masons at 1042 N. Grand Avenue, which included a theater that operated as the Odeon for over thirty years. I’ve been unable to discover if the Odeon ever operated as a movie house, though. Does anybody know? It would have to have been before 1936, the year the building was condemned and demolished following a major fire.

Here is a biographical sketch of W.A. Swasey from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis. It mentions the Garrick as well as the Odeon, but only briefly.

TLSLOEWS on July 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Loews ran it for just over two years strange.

JAlex on November 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

Theatre opened December 26, 1904. (The World’s Fair, incidentally, had closed December 1.)

JamesGrebe on February 22, 2005 at 5:18 am

Thanks Brian, now I know how

Broan on February 21, 2005 at 8:05 pm

Click the word ‘Here’. It is a link.

JamesGrebe on February 21, 2005 at 5:50 pm

Where is the photo?

Broan on December 14, 2004 at 12:13 am

Here is a May 11, 1949 photo of the Garrick freom the Charles Cushman collection

JAlex on May 7, 2004 at 11:38 pm

Architect was W. Albert Swasey.

Loew’s operated as a first-run movie house from January 1919 to February 1921.