Esquire Theater

6706 Clayton Road,
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 19, 2014 at 9:20 am

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

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 19, 2014 at 12:34 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2014 at 12:07 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 17, 2014 at 7:59 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 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

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.

JAlex
JAlex on October 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

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

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 10, 2014 at 6:59 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 9, 2014 at 7:53 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.”

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

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 July 1, 2014 at 8:31 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.

MuttTheHoople
MuttTheHoople on June 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Not gone but it Lou’s like everything that was original is gone. I feel your pain. Most of the paces that I went to…. All those concerts at the Arena and Kiel Auditorium, movies at The Varsity, Shady Oaks, the Granada, the TransLux, even the theaters at the malls are gone and so are the Malls… Northwest Plaza is almost completely gone.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

I live in LA – so no I haven’t driven by there! Wow…one of the last links to my childhood in St L is gone now, I guess.

MuttTheHoople
MuttTheHoople on June 14, 2014 at 7:23 am

Chris, have you driven by there in the last few days? It looks like it’s closed for demolition. The long glass panels are broken out, the “Esquire” letters on the marquee are gone,the marquee is pretty much trashed, and if you look inside there interior has been completely gutted and there are a number of dumpsters. It’s a pity that it suffered that horrible pseudo postmodern renovation that obliterated much, but not all of the original Art Decó façade and interior, but it looks like all original remnants have now been destroyed. It is nfortunate that the last if the Art Decó theaters in the city has been treated this way. A beautiful renovation and modernization of an old theater is The Tivoli on Delmar. Though they changed it from one big screen to three smaller ones, the original decor was lovingly preserved and the. we was beautifully integrated. I fear that the Esquire not be so lucky. I’m pretty sick of the disdain this city shows towards it’s architecture.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 28, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Theatre is currently closed for renovations.

Weekend
Weekend on March 13, 2014 at 12:08 am

Should’ve left it with one big screen like it was originally designed. I remember seeing Blazing Saddles upstairs in one of the little shoebox rooms in 1974. Never went back.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 29, 2013 at 1:18 pm

The 4 newer screens were built in 1989 – LONG after AMC took it over and the Mid-America name faded into memory.

jmiller
jmiller on January 15, 2013 at 4:05 am

I’ll lead off by saying it was a MAJOR crime to not show “Jedi” at Creve Coeur or Mark Twain! Anyway, the Esquire was definitely a mixed bag.

In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the main auditorium was notable for its 70mm and 6-track Dolby Stereo capabilities, best used for films like “Blade Runner” and “Aliens.” The original fourth auditorium was one of Mid-America’s usual utilitarian screens. Nothing special, just reasonably sized. Saw movies like “Predator” there. My memory was that it had a separate entrance, box office and concession. You entered on the east side, as opposed to the other three screen’s north entrance.

Best not to speak of the impossibly awful two upstairs screens. Don’t get me started! Mid-America was advertising that “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” was being shown at the Esquire on the “largest screen in the city.” When my mom and I got there for a matinee, it was instead showing in one of the tiny shoebox-sized upstairs screens. That memory still gets on my nerves!

The newer four screens are along Mid-America’s amazingly unremarkable blueprint: unappealing and nondescript. I saw movies in those four auditoriums, but definitely never wanted to. Bad in the way the Woods Mill was.

The Esquire’s updating of the main auditorium around 1989 did go well, however, and had good projection and sound.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on February 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

Stood in line for opening day of “Jedi” myself! It was so weird to me that the flick was playing here instead of at Creve Coeur.

studio2
studio2 on December 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I remember standing in line in what liked seemed forever with my parents to see Return of the Jedi here. Also remember skipping school to see Young Guns II here as well. Great memories for me.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on July 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

\o/ @ Norman Plant for that mid 70’s marquee shot. LOL @ the fact that “Flesh Gordon” was playing there! Somebody at Mid-America must have loved that movie…it ran at the Holiday Drive-In probably one or 2 weekends a year every year too. Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised – they DID operate a full blown porn house (Fine Arts) and featured a weekly diet of T & A at the Holiday, I-70 AND the Falcon Drive-Ins!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I only saw one movie here…“Fantasia”, when it was re-released in 1990. I remember driving by it many, many times when parents and I would visit the Science and Natural History Museums, which were in a park in Clayton at that time. When I last visited that neighborhood, it was really dead…hardly any activity at all on a weekday summer night. That’s not how it used to be…

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I’d love to see a pic of the old #4…as well as a pic of the original #1 with the floodlights & curtain.

JAlex
JAlex on December 10, 2010 at 8:26 am

Theatre #4 opened in March 1977. This structure was demolished during the summer of 1989 with the present building with four screens opening that November.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

JAlex posted this relevant Esquire info on the thread of another St. Louis area theatre:

“The Esquire converted to a three-screen venue in late 1969 and early 1970. The theatre was closed in December 1969 and the main theatre (without the balcony) reopened on December 25, 1969. The two mini-theatres (the old balcony) opened on February 4, 1970.”

When was the 4th auditorium was added? Also, when was the 4th aud rebuilt to add the 4 newer screens?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Currently advertised as AMC Esquire 7.