Peerless Theatre

1915 South Broadway,
St. Louis, MO 63104

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The Peerless was another of the Komm Theatres neighborhood theatre located in the South Broadway shopping area. It was one of four theatres in the shopping area all belonging to the Komm theatres. The Peerless was one of the chain’s plain theatres and was a single floor building.

If there was a western movie made, the Peerless was sure to play it. The box office was located in the middle of the front of the building with doors to each side of the box office. Small concession stand in the north corner of the lobby. Two aisles in the auditorium one on each side. A couple lights lined each wall and a long scone light on the ceiling.

The Peerless closed in 1956 and was demolished in 1960.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on February 14, 2005 at 5:41 pm

I was a at least weekly customer of the Peerless in the 1950’s. Admission was 1 to 15c back then with 5c bags of pop corn. Enjoyed the serials on Saturdays and lots of westerns. Before it was torn down the doors had been broken in and I wondered in before demolition and the Voice of the Theatre sound sytem was still behind the torn screen though missing it’s speakers. One of the ushers name was Gene Smith. I lived ½ block away.
JamesGrebe pianoman@accessus,net

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on February 15, 2005 at 4:54 am

Are you refering to “Mantlelight” It was sort of a White Castle type and had 0.10c hamburgers
JamesGrebe

JAlex
JAlex on January 19, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Years of operation were 1916 to 1957.

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on January 20, 2006 at 2:40 am

My comment is always, What did they show before sound movies? I have seen no comments on whether they used a piano for sound to accompany. I have found no evidence of any other musical instruments. Surely they were not just silent period.
Jim

JAlex
JAlex on March 31, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Opening date has been narrowed down to Christmas week of 1915.

jgrebe
jgrebe on April 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I still have the picture of the Pererless given to my by Charlie O'Neal

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