Norside Theatre

3628 North Grand Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107

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rivest266 on February 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

October 1st, 1936 grand opening ad in photo section.

Chris1982 on September 5, 2014 at 12:40 am

I believe that Leko Realty was the original owner of the Norside Theatre. Sam Levin was the attorney for the Realty Co.

JAlex on August 8, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Opening night of the theatre was October 1, 1936 with a double-bill of “The Devil-Doll” and “We Went to College”. Newspaper coverage then gave a seating capacity of 1200.

In order to build the Norside, a night club on the site was demolished. This nightclub at one time was a movie house, the North Grand, which operated 1910-1922.

Sam Komm did not build the theatre, but he did take title to the structure in 1947.

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on March 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

For some reason I don’t remember the Norside, even though I resided in the area as a child during 1959-1966. I do remember a Leonard Muntz TV store (“Uncle Leonard”, a sort of Steve Mizerany guy) that may have been next door, and a drugstore/soda fountain across the street (where a competing gas station is now). I don’t remember what was on the opposite corner (where the infamous White Elephant Car Wash later stood… plenty of drug deals and shootings there. Shut down by the city and is now the site of an Aldi Foods).

JAlex on March 4, 2008 at 9:59 am

Theatre closed September 14, 1969. Ad in the paper the following day read “Closed for Remodeling.” Where have we heard that phrase before?