Garrick Theatre

515 Chestnut Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

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

kschneiderstl on November 4, 2012 at 6:04 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 6:20 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.

Tinseltoes on August 17, 2012 at 4:27 am

An ultra-rare photo of Loew’s Garrick can be seen in the upper left corner of this page of St. Louis theatre images from a 1919 trade journal: archive

JAlex on August 14, 2011 at 8:03 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 12:56 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 10:52 am

Loews ran it for just over two years strange.

JAlex on November 20, 2009 at 8:56 am

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

JamesGrebe on February 22, 2005 at 3:18 am

Thanks Brian, now I know how

Broan on February 21, 2005 at 6:05 pm

Click the word ‘Here’. It is a link.

JamesGrebe on February 21, 2005 at 3:50 pm

Where is the photo?

Broan on December 13, 2004 at 10:13 pm

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

JAlex on May 7, 2004 at 8:38 pm

Architect was W. Albert Swasey.

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