Aubert Theatre

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

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Built and opened in February 1923, the Aubert Theatre 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
JamesGrebe on February 17, 2005 at 6:33 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2007 at 6:41 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ size 2/6 was installed in the Aubert Theater in 1923.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 9:58 pm

This tribute to a former judge mentions that he was once the manager of the Aubert. See page 15.
http://tinyurl.com/56pdcw

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

jgrebe
jgrebe on October 29, 2008 at 6:33 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

And here is the map link.

JAlex
JAlex on June 8, 2011 at 11:40 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
tgronk on February 23, 2012 at 7:21 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.

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