1185 Manchester Road,
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Opened May 7, 1965, the Ellisville Theatre was one of the first Arthur Theatres chain to be built in the suburbs of St. Louis. A single floor theatre all brick building, It had an attached box office. It was located at the end of a stip shopping center. Ellisville was a fast growning suburb with large homes being built all around the theatre. It was located on the main thorough fare of Manchester Road and Clarkson Road. At one time this area was all farm land.
The theatre was ultra modern and innovative also. The theatre seated 1,028 with plush rocking back chairs. The color scheme was an aqua color with a curtain that covered the very large screen. In March 1978 the theatre was twinned and divided right down the middle. The screens could never compare with what the original theatre had and they were just mounted with masking around them, no curtains.
During the twinning the Ellisville Theatre lost a lot of the beauty that it was built with. When the Arthur Theatre Chain went out of business, the Ellisville Theatre was operated by the local Wehrenber Theatres chain until it was closed January 12, 1986.
The building is no longer there. The First Community Credit Union stands in its place.
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