Esquire Theater

6706 Clayton Road,
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

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Esquire at night 4

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Located in Richmond Heights to the west of St. Louis, MO. Opened on November 8, 1939 with 2,202 seats, this vintage Art Deco style theater was renovated into a seven screen multiplex. Retains vintage charm including an exterior ticket booth. It was closed for renovation in May 2014 and reopened October 17, 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 47 comments)

JAlex
JAlex on July 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

Since I remember the Esquire in its original, single-screen configuration, the desecration of this house began in 1969 when the balcony became two additional venues. It’s been downhill ever since.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 23, 2014 at 1:00 am

The Esquire is actually located in Richmond Heights. Jerry Alexander, do you know anything about the Gaslight Square Cinema, from what I found it was located at Olive and Boyle which was the Gaslight Square area, in the what late 1950’s or early 1960’s. My best friends father had a few notes on the Cinema but sketchy.

JAlex
JAlex on October 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

As AMC’s website says: “We’re putting the final touches on construction of this theatre to make sure everything is AMC amazing when we open Oct. 17.”

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Take tons of pics & post ‘em when they reopen! God only knows when I’ll get back home to see the redo for myself!

JAlex
JAlex on October 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Theatre reopens today, 10/17. http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/2014/10/take-a-look-at-the-75-year-old-esquire-theatre-s.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-10-16&u=vUaEtrOpEYSs2NMWZXEu7pe8I7r&t=1413561805

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Seating capacity of the Esquire has been drastically reduced by the renovation. Photo captions in the article JAlex linked to says that the big, main screen auditorium now has 270 seats, there are four auditoriums with 100 seats each, and a screening room with 63 seats. The capacity of the seventh auditorium is not given, but as it has to be less than 270 the total capacity of the house now must be less than 1,000, and less than 900 if the seventh auditorium is small enough.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Wow. The room where I saw Jedi, Superman II, and Die Hard in 70MM is now only 270 seats. Just…wow!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Exhibitors have gotten themselves into a situation where they have to re-seat their theaters with bigger seats because they’ve made their customers' butts enormous by peddling those giant tubs of greased popcorn.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 19, 2014 at 3:34 am

Joe: The 2 upstairs screening rooms are 63 seats according to the article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

That would make a total of 796 seats for the whole complex. That’s quite a drop from 2,202.

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