World Playhouse

506 St. Charles Street,
St. Louis, MO 63101

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 31, 2018 at 3:33 am

The Broadway Theatre probably opened before the end of 1910. The September 17 issue of The American Contractor said that the contracts had been let for gas and plumbing, electrical work, plastering, painting, and roofing had been let. The project at Broadway and St. Charles Street for the St. Charles Amusement Company was one of two Duggan & Huff-designed houses under way in St.Louis in the summer of 1910, the other being the Union Theatre.

rivest266 on February 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

October 4th, 1946 grand opening ad as World in photo section.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

Tillmany on September 29, 2008 at 8:51 am

There’s a nice nighttime view of the World, with all its neon, about five minutes into The Hoodlum Priest (1961), shown this week on Turner Classic Movies.

JAlex on August 17, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Sure wish dates of original entries were given…which came first, the CinemaTreasures or the CinemaTour entry?…with two different submitters and very similar copy.

The building permit for the Broadway was issued in 1910 and the architect of record listed as the firm of Duggan & Huff. Name changed to the CAMEO in 1930; to the HOLLYWOOD in 1931; to the HOLLYWOOD NEWSREEL in 1945 and, finally, to the WORLD in 1946.