Laclede Theatre

3116 Laclede Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63108

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The Laclede was built and opened in 1940 as an independent theatre. It was located in the Mill Creek section of the city just blocks from the Grand White Way where all the movie palaces were located. The theatre had an African-American audience.

The theatre was rather plain with nothing notable in design but it served the area for 34 years until the Mill Creek Redevelopment completely leveled the area for what was supposed to be now and modern housing. It became offices instead and St. Louis University now occupies more than half of the area.

No trace of the Laclede to be found at all. The Laclede closed in 1959.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on October 26, 2004 at 4:28 am

Laclede Theatre built by Alex Pappas. Architect of record was O. W. Stiegemeyer. House approximately 500 seats.

Opening date was March 23, 1940.

Theatre, from the beginning, was for the African-American trade.

JAlex
JAlex on August 12, 2006 at 2:09 am

Closing date was June 23, 1959.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 29, 2007 at 10:27 am

This was part of the Goldman-Plikos Circuit in the early sixties.

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