Martin Cinerama

4218 Lindell Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Martin Cinerama

The Martin Cinerama, the first theatre built in St. Louis since the Fox Theatre in 1928, opened January 10, 1963 with Laurence Harvey in “The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm” as part of a chain of Martin Theatres of Georgia.

It claimed to have the world’s largest indoor screen, which measured 100 feet on a curve. The two story building attempted to be a “modern movie palace”. The entire theatre was dressed in all burnt orange with gold trim. It was carpeted wall to wall, with the seats even set on carpet.

Opened as a Cinerama format theatre, with the original three projector equipment and later 70mm. It was an established road show house until its last few years of operation.

The theatre seated 1,120 total between the two floors. Trans Lux Theatres took over operation of the theatre in 1968 and the last 3-strip Cinerama film to be screened was a re-issue of “The Is Cinerama” in June 1973. It was still capable of screening 70mm films and was closed in 1988. It was demolished in 1997.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

Sohaila on October 3, 2010 at 1:33 am

Paul P. Danesh is my dad and he was the manager of the Martin Cinerama for many years. It was breath taking and way ahead of its time! Certainly whey a head of St.louis time! I remember going there as a child and seeing movies like “How The West Was Won” and getting to meet Charleton Heston and Harvey Kietel an Danny Thomas etc… Every time a major movie would premier the movie stars would come to town and make special appearances at the theater. I thought my dad was a movie star! The attendants were all nice and dressed up and some times wore white gloves! The theater was beautiful and very elegant! The sound was amazing and they would also sell the soundtracks to the movies.
There has never been another theater like this ever! I will try to find some pictures and post them. My dad said the first movie to be shown there was “This is Cinerama” He started there on the 20th of febuary 1962 and loved every day he went to work. Anybody who got to see a movie there knows there has never been anything like it! Ever!

TLSLOEWS on January 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Too bad there are not more photos.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Never realized Martin went that far away from Georgia.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Yes,Plez do if you can.Movie ads anything we eat them up.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on January 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

Martin Theaters of Georgia, Inc. & Martin Theaters of Alabama, Inc. in the Martin Bldg., Columbus, Ga., Roy E. Martin Jr. Chairman of the Board had 159 theaters in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Martin CINERAMA, New Orleans, Louisiana, Martin CINERAMA, St. Louis, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Seattle, Martin CINERAMA, Seattle, Washington.

Cinerama on February 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

I have pictures of the theatre on my web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

The J. Evan Miller collection of Cinerama Theater Plans lists the Martin Cinerama Theatre in St. Louis as having been designed by the architectural firm of Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild, & Paschal.

rivest266 on February 27, 2016 at 2:06 pm

January 10th,1963 grand opening ad in photo section.

Coate on May 24, 2017 at 11:33 am

New Showcase Presentations in St. Louis article includes mention of the Cinerama and 70mm engagements here (and other St. Louis area cinemas).

Ralph Daniel
Ralph Daniel on October 27, 2018 at 5:14 pm

The Martin Cinerama in St. Louis was an identical twin to the Martin Cinerama in New Orleans. Both are gone now.

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