Aubert Theatre

4949 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63115

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Aubert Theatre

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Built and opened in February 1923, the Aubert Theatre was designed by architect Paul Klingensmith. It was the scene of a horrible yet mundane tragedy a decade later, when a stagehand cut his little finger while changing a sign and subsequently died of blood poisoning some ten days later.

Noted St. Louis architect Leo F. Abrams remodeled the theatre in March of 1946, after which it reopened with 1,000 new upholstered seats and air conditioning, falling under the St. Louis Amusement/Arthur Theatre banner. Just a few years later the Arthur chain sold the theatre to the National Food Stores chain. The last features shown at the Aubert Theatre was a double bill of “Harlem Globe Trotters” and “Fort Osage”. The last day of operation for the Aubert Theatre was January 26, 1953.

A retail store now occupies the building.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JamesGrebe on February 17, 2005 at 4:33 pm

The Aubert had the only Robert Morton Theatre Pipe rgan in St. Louis. Fate of the organ is unknown

kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm

This tribute to a former judge mentions that he was once the manager of the Aubert. See page 15.

I had some problems mapping this, as it kept putting me in DeSoto, MO. I’m not sure what the problem is.

jgrebe on October 29, 2008 at 4:33 am

The Aubert is/was in north St. Louis proper
James Grebe

JAlex on June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

Even though ads in the Post-Dispatch ceased in January 1953, the theatre continued running ads in the Globe-Democrat and Argus until March 6, 1953. Last bill noted was “Across the Wide Missouri” and “Fearless Fagan.

In 1924, theatre was known as the Ketchum (name of new owner), but by the end of the year had reverted to Aubert.

Late in 1942 theatre was purchased by Sam Komm. St. Louis Amusement continued to operate as it held a long-term lease.

tgronk on February 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I found a photo from the theater’s opening – the article is from the Globe-Democrat and is dated February 4, 1923, indicating that the Aubert opened February 8, 1923. I’ll try to post the photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm

The original architect of the Aubert Theatre was Paul Klingensmith. The Aubert was on a list of theaters in a booklet published by the Federal Concrete Tile Company, which features a photo of it at the bottom of this page.

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