Hi-Way Theatre

2705 North Florissant Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63106

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Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on March 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

This was only a couple of blocks from the North 14th Street shopping district, one of the oldest and busiest in the city. It would have been at Mongomery & N. Florissant, down the street from Bellon’s Market and Carl & Marge’s Tavern. Across the street was the Super Sandwich Shop. I skateboarded in that bank parking lot in the late 60’s. Never knew there had been a theater there.

JAlex
JAlex on December 17, 2009 at 12:56 am

Theatre opened in May 1911.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 24, 2009 at 6:17 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, July 1957:

ST. LOUIS-The Hi-Way Theater, 1,090 seats, at 2705 North Florissant Ave., owned by Norman Probstein and others, has been closed indefinitely. This is a very fine neighborhood house under good management, but it has a real problem in lack of parking.

JAlex
JAlex on December 7, 2008 at 9:02 am

Theatre first appeared in City Directory of 1912.
Theatre closed in June 1957.

JAlex
JAlex on May 8, 2005 at 4:19 pm

Further research shows the MONTGOMERY was built by O. T. Crawford. When Crawford’s empire began to fall, the Koplars took over his theatres including the Montgomery.

JAlex
JAlex on April 20, 2004 at 10:01 pm

Original name of the theatre was the Montgomery. Theatre renamed in 1937.

Theatre not built by Komm, but by Harry Koplar.