Best Theatre

3401 S Jefferson Ave,
St. Louis, MO 63118

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This theatre was operated by the Wehrenberg family who were the operators of the first motion picture theatre in St. Louis. Located on Jefferson and Cherokee Streets and one of the busiest intersections on the South Side. It had wooden benches for seats and Mrs. Wehrenberg would play the piano during the movies.

The building still stands today and is a furniture store. The Wehrenberg Chain is the oldest family run and operated theatre chain in the USA today.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm

The article headlined “St. Louis To Honor Fred Wehrenberg” in Boxoffice of September 14, 1946, features a picture of the first building occupied by the Best Theatre, which Wehrenberg had originally operated out of a tent. The article gives the names, addresses, and in many cases the names of the operators of more than a dozen St. Louis movie theaters from the 1910s.

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