Comet Theatre

4106 Finney Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63113

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Comet Theatre

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The Comet Theatre opened in 1939 on Finney Avenue.

They put neon along the roof line of the theatre above the marquee with a comet shooting across the top. In 1940, the Comet Theatre became an African-American theatre.

The theatre survived until 1972. It stood closed for many years, but had a huge hole in the side of the building. You could look in and still see the seats and the torn screen. It was later demolished.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on April 30, 2004 at 5:44 am

The Comet was located at 4106 Finney. It opened in August 1940 with a Negro-audience policy.

(The Douglass was one block west at 4201 Finney.)

The Comet had 900 seats. It was built and operated by Tommy James.

JAlex
JAlex on May 4, 2004 at 2:02 am

The information I submitted was given me by Jimmy James, the son of Tommy James…including a Xerox of the opening program.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 30, 2006 at 8:38 pm

I just found out that my mother and her siblings used to go to this theatre every Sunday after church when they were younger. How neat!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2009 at 4:48 am

This is from Boxoffice magazine in January 1960:

ST. LOUIS-The Strand at 2000 Market Street, a 470-seater, has been closed by Tommy James, who also owns the New Comet and Douglas theaters.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Sad looking 1985 photo Chuck.The marquee looks good though.

patrickgenna
patrickgenna on June 18, 2011 at 5:01 am

Apologies all! I had confused the Criterion with the Comet. It was the Comet that had a gaping hole in the side wall that was easily seen from the street, not the Criterion. My memory of the Comet was that it had a vertical sign that had flashing lights with a (Comet) lights flashing upward. I don’t think it was neon, but I may be wrong. The 1985 picture is really sad. I can seem to think that this was the same theatre and reminded me a little of the Regal. Patrick.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on September 2, 2012 at 4:51 am

One of the movies on the marquee in the photo above, MIXED COMPANY, was released in October 1974, so the Comet was open past 1972.

CharmaineZoe
CharmaineZoe on November 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

The New Comet was on 21st and Market according to an advert in the St Louis Argus in 1916.

JAlex
JAlex on November 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The original Comet was at 2110 Market Street and operated from c.1911 until 1933.

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