Congress Theatre

4023 Olive Street,
St. Louis, MO 63108

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rivest266
rivest266 on February 20, 2016 at 5:56 pm

Skouras Brothers ST. LOUIS AREA: •ST. LOUIS: Ambassador •Lyric Skydome •New Grand Central •Old Central •Olympic •Pageant •Shaw •West End Lyric

Elsewhere Greeks operated the United Amusements theatres in Montreal and Sankitos theatre in San Antonio. Kerasotes Theatres was Greek owned, had theatres in the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis.

alex_greekx
alex_greekx on April 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Do you know where I can find more info re the early greek movie/theatre owners in St Louis (like Pasmezoglou)?

JAlex
JAlex on October 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

As noted once before, the theatre was built in 1911 as the Olive and operated under the same management as the Delmar Theatre. In 1913 it was renamed the Marguerite Clark (the stage & screen actress who lived from 1883 to 1940). In 1915 the theatre became a full-time film house, owned by the Greek Consul in St. Louis A. M. E. Pasmezoglu who operated a number of film theatres in the community.
In 1925, theatre was leased to St. Louis Amusement who operated the theatre until 1945. In that year, theatre came under the wing of Joe Litvag, who operated until closure in July 1954.

Capacity of the house originally was 1096, later reduced to 898.

After closure as a theatre, the structure was used as a church and was eventually demolished.

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on February 21, 2005 at 8:24 pm

There was a Msasonic type organization occupying the buiolding a few years ago. I was able to go in to see . Just a big hall now.
JamesGrebe

JAlex
JAlex on May 8, 2004 at 2:48 am

Located at the intersection of Olive & Sarah, the Congress was built in 1911 and opened as the OLIVE Theatre.

In 1913 theatre presented legitimate drama, was renamed the MARGUERITE CLARK.

In 1915 theatre became the CONGRESS.