Carver Theatre

1310 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63106

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Globe Theater...Saint Louis Missouri

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An independent theatre that was just on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis on what was originally named Franklin Street. This theatre was built for African-American use only. One of the first “Negro” theatres in St.Louis lasted until the area was redeveloped in the early-1950’s. Very plain and simple in decor, just built to serve as a motion picture theatre.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2010 at 11:42 am

The February 4, 1950, issue of Boxoffice said that the Carver Theatre in St. Louis was to be remodeled. The plans were by architect Jack Shawcross.

JAlex on August 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Originally known as the Palace Theatre, the first mention of the house I found was in February 1911 when theatre became part of the O.T. Crawford circuit…an affiliation lasting one year.

Theatre renamed Globe in 1932.

Renamed Carver in 1944. Theatre operated until late 1955. Structure demolished in early 1956.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 29, 2011 at 2:15 am

From the 1930s a postcard view of the Globe Theatre in Saint Louis.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2011 at 5:50 am

The postcard caption says the view is from 7th and Franklin. As the Carver was at 13th and Franklin, the Globe Theatre depicted must be an earlier house of the same name. 7th and Franklin is now buried under the city’s enormous convention center complex. Cinema Treasures currently has no theater listed at that location.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

You’re probably right, Chuck. Now that you mention it, I notice that there’s nothing resembling a marquee on the building.

JAlex on December 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Plans for a Globe Theatre, at 719 Franklin, were announced late in 1898. Theatre first featured vaudeville and was converted to an all-film operation around 1910. Theatre operated until the early-1930s. After this, the “Globe” name was taken over by the theatre at 1310 Franklin.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

The entrance must be at or near the far end of the building then, in the three-storey section. Also, the postcard must be much earlier than the 1930s. Aside from the electric streetcar, the only vehicles in view appear to be horse-drawn. And what’s the story with that thing that looks like a small ox standing on the corner? Is that actually there or am I imagining it?

If someone will submit a page for the Globe in the picture, Don can move the postcard there and we can remove this string of irrelevant comments from this page.

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