Maffitt Theatre

2812 Vandeventer Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107

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Maffitt Theatre

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The Maffitt Theatre was built by Franchon & Marco and later taken over by the Arthur Theatres as was all the F & M Theatres. Located on the corner of Vandeventer and Maffitt, with the box office and entrance doors facing the corner of the street. The Maffitt opened in 1929 and seated 955.

A small lobby with the concession stand located in the middle of the west wall, with a nice terazzo floor in the lobby. There were three aisles that led into the theatre, two side aisles and one center. The Maffitt was a single floor theatre with no outstanding features inside the auditorium.

The theatre closed in 1956 and was gutted and became a National Food Store. The building is still standing and a local grocer occupies the building now.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex on June 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm

The theatre opened in January 1918 with 1280 seats, an operation of the Consolidated Theatre Company. The theatre soon was operated by Famous Players-Missouri, then City Wide Amusement, and St. Louis Amusement beginning in 1921. In 1941, the house was stripped to the walls and the new design, by Leo Abrams, opened in August with 956 seats. Union difficulties closed the theatre in three weeks, and two months later the theatre was destroyed in a fire of mysterious origin. The theatre reopened in 1943 and ceased operation in June 1953.

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