Lindell Theatre

3521 N. Grand Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63112

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The Lindell Theatre opened in 1914 for the Great Northern Amusement Company. It was located in the middle of the block just north of the old Bush Stadium. The Lindell, along with the Norside Theatre, was right on the dividing line for the two high schools that served the north side. Central High was two blocks to the east and Beaumont was two blocks to the west. On days when there was a ball game the popcorn machine and concessions were sold outside the theatre to people passing on the way to the ball game.

The theatre was very ornate for a neighborhood house, with a Spanish motif both inside and outside. It was rather plush for a neighborhood house. On days they had day games it was nothing for the theatre to sell out after the game was over with fans from the ball park.

The theatre had its original marquee and this was the demise of the theatre. On May 8, 1961, the whole neighborhood was awakened at 4:15 in the morning when the marquee came crashing to the ground after a heavy rainfall accumulated on top of the marquee and weakened its supports. The theatre never reopened after that and was demolished less than a year later.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on April 26, 2004 at 8:08 am

Architects the local firm of Kennerly & Stiegemeyer, who designed a large number of neighborhood theatres.

Theatre opened August 23, 1914.

Built by the Great Northern Amusement Company. In 1919 William Goldman added the theatre to his chain.

In 1920 theatre management became Famous Players-Missouri, an arm of Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount).

In 1921 theatre became part of City Wide Amusement (the Koplars),
and later that same year St. Louis Amusement Company was formed, a
merger, of sorts, between Koplar and the Skouras Bros.

St. Louis Amusement operated the theatre until its demise.

JAlex
JAlex on October 24, 2006 at 8:03 am

Nearly five inches of rain had fallen over the weekend and on the morning of May 8, 1961 the weight of the accumulated water atop the marquee weakened its supports and the 50-foot structure came to the ground. The theatre remained closed and was demolished early in 1962.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The Moving Picture World July 1915:

“The Lindell Theater, Grand and Hebert Street, which has recently passed under the management of Wm. Goldman, will be closed, with the exception of Sundays, until the first of September, when the regular program will be resumed. Mr. Goldman, the new manager of the Lindell, is a veteran exhibitor, and well known throughout the state. He is also proprietor of the St. Louis Theater at Prairie and St. Louis Avenues, which will remain open all summer”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

Here is more information about the Lindell from July 24, 1915.

“THE LINDELL THEATER, which stands at Grand Avenue and Hebert Street, St. Louis, Mo., will not be a year old until August. This theater represents the latest ideas in theater construction throughout. It is fireproof, with concrete floors and balcony, outside stairs of steel which descend to wide openings between the theater and the buildings on each side. The Lindell seats 1,800 persons, is equipped with the latest designed folding opera chairs, has wide aisles, a roomy lobby and foyer, a finely appointed office for the manager, is ventilated and cooled in hot weather with a cooling system that delivers 35,000 cubic feet of chilled and washed air into the auditorium every minute, an excellent orchestra, a corps of neatly-uniformed ushers and a comfortable and completely appointed projection booth, equipped with two motor-driven projection machines. A Minusa screen is used.

The Lindell is a neighborhood theater in every sense of the term. It was promoted and built by the people living in the vicinity of Grand Avenue and Hebert Street, who are very proud of their beautiful playhouse and support it loyally. When the Lindell first opened, it was run as a mixed program house, moving pictures forming one-half of the bill, the other portion being devoted to high-class vaudeville; and then later excellent musical comedy and dramatic tabloid companies were given places on the program; but gradually the charm and power of moving pictures have encroached, until, beginning with the week of June 13 last, the Lindell came into its ownâ€"found its true function as a house of entertainment and changed to an all moving picture program. The Lindell is owned by the Great Northern Amusement & Realty Company.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

Described on the right side of this page from a 1915 trade journal: archive

rivest266
rivest266 on May 20, 2013 at 10:25 am

better quality photo uploaded here.

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