Ivanhoe Theatre

3239 Ivanhoe Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63139

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jimbeaux102
jimbeaux102 on October 27, 2012 at 4:44 am

Amazing! As a young movielover, I couldn’t even guess how many times my sister and I watched the world of cinema explode on the Ivanhoe screen Friday night and/or Sunday afternoon. We also attended the Avalon and Columbia theaters but the IVANHOE was our favorite. In subsequent years I lived in New York City and have just this year relocated back to St. Louis. I am so sad that the Ivanhoe in a permanent form no longer exists. It defined my youth.

James Gordon Epiphany 1957

JAlex
JAlex on December 1, 2010 at 7:16 am

Theatre became an indie in 1950, long before the corporate existence of Arthur (Enterprises). Shift to an art house policy occurred in 1959; a short-lived one with the theatre closing in May 1960.

JAlex
JAlex on April 2, 2009 at 8:27 am

I recall no Indian bust in the Ivanhoe. Perhaps it was from the Powhatan in Maplewood?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 6:17 am

Here is a real estate suit filed against the Komms in 1955:
http://tinyurl.com/2fmjsq

fujiwest
fujiwest on December 28, 2006 at 5:22 am

I’m wondering if anyone remembered an Indian bust located somewhere in the theater? I have an Indian bust that my dad said came from an old theater in St. Louis. After my dad aquired it, he had it displayed in Carson Pontiac’s showroom on Manchester Rd.

JAlex
JAlex on October 3, 2006 at 9:18 am

Theatre ceased operation in May 1960.

JAlex
JAlex on April 26, 2004 at 4:41 pm

Theatre located on the northwest corner of Ivanhoe & Bradley.

Theatre was built and owned by Fred Hof. Architect was C. N. Brietshuh. Seating capacity was 690.

Opened in late 1925, and for many years was managed by Isabella Tabler.

In 1942 theatre purchased from Fred Hof by Sam Komm.

In 1944 theatre purchased by Bess Schulter, adding it to her chain of theatres including the Avalon, Roxy, Columbia and Powhatan.

In a matter of months, Schulter sold the theatre to St. Louis Amusement Co., who had been operating it for her.

In time, theatre became an independent house.

Theatre demolished in 1965 for a two-story apartment house.