Normandy Theatre

7324 Natural Bridge Road,
Pine Lawn, MO

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The Normandy was built in 1937 and began to be leased by Wehrenberg two years later. It was just outside the city limits in Pine Lawn. A single story thetare but little compitition in the area. Very plain theatre by the Wehrenberg standards and small seating only 582. The nearest compitition was when the Thunderbird Drive-In theatre was built in 1949.

Television and changing neighborhood eventually doomed the Normandy and it closed in 1951. It was later guttted and remodeled into a doctor’s office.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex on April 4, 2005 at 6:06 am

Years of operation were 1937 to 1951.

Wehrenberg leased the theatre in 1939.

Architect was Harris Armstrong.

remiss63 on July 28, 2005 at 11:55 pm

do you know of anyone with a photograph, drawing or article about this movie theater? i’m writing a book about saint louis architect harris armstrong and have not been able to find any document referencing it.

remiss63 on September 21, 2006 at 12:25 am

I’ve found some newpaper clippings related to this theatre as well as a drawing for an earlier design. The undated newspaper clipping announces the opening of the theatre. From the typography, it appears to be from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat which published other articles about Armstrong’s buildings from time to time.

This clipping includes the architect’s rendering of the theatre shown lit up at night-time with many people walking toward the marquee. A tall Art Deco inspired tower design includes a vertical sign that reads NORMANDY in all capital letters.

The text below the image reads as follows: “Movie theatre of modernistic design to be opened Wednesday at Normandy, St. Louis County. It has a seating capacity of 700. Architect, Harris Armstrong. Henry Thiebes & Sons, builders.”

Andrew Raimist

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