Queens Theatre

4706 Maffitt Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63120

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The Queens Theatre opened in 1919 seating 486. A small neighborhood house on the Northwest side of the city. Independently owned and operated. Nothing outstanding in the theatre or its features, built to accomadate the neighborhood for its movie needs.

The theatre did a steady business until television came along and closed in 1955. This building is still in operation as a neighborhood church.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on November 29, 2004 at 7:49 am

Theatre, which is the QUEENS (plural), not QUEEN, opened in December, 1919 (Not 1929).

JAlex
JAlex on December 27, 2005 at 3:28 am

At the corner was the theatre’s airdome; theatre just to the west of that.

JAlex
JAlex on October 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm

The correct address is 4706 Maffitt. The structure is on the South side of the street.

The last ad for the house appeared in the St. Louis Argus in May 1951.

patrickgenna
patrickgenna on June 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Hi Chuck1231 and JALex.

Regarding the Queens Theatre, it had a unique feature. It had an outdoor theatre on the east side of the building. This was a an open lot with a brick wall at its rear with a painted white screen.

During the summer, the Queens showed movies.
I am not sure why they did this unless it was too hot to sit inside. My father and I were there many times in the early 1950s sitting on folding chairs and folks try to move them when ushers said no.

In 2006, I stopped at the Queens (church).
The brick wall with its painted screen was still there. A woman from the church saw me and I said hello. We talked a bit and she told me that they were going to alter the front of the theatre building and add another (annex) building to where the outdoor theatre was. I guess they never got around to it. The woman told me that she knew nothing about the history of the theatre or its original name.

What a memory and thanks for the memories. Patrick

patrickgenna
patrickgenna on August 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Hey JALex

I read your post from 2005. I had just realized that the “airdome” (air-drome -an airfield equipped with control tower and hangars as well as accommodations for passengers and cargo) you described is the same as my post regarding an outdoor movie feature.

Sorry, for not acknowledging as I had looked it up.

See above image. – Patrick

jackfolluo
jackfolluo on January 1, 2013 at 11:36 am

From the 1930s to its closing, the Queens theater was owned by Thomas Curley who also owned the Ashland theater in St. Louis. Katherine Curley, sister to Thomas Curley worked the box office during that period. The Queens long time manager was Eddie Keegan. During WW2 Keegan served in the Navy and his wife worked at the theater during that time. I started working there about 1941 dusting seats before the show for free passes, later part time as cleaning up between shows and cleaning the airdrome every morning in the summer. Every one smoked then and we had to pick each cigarette butt and kernel of corn out of the gravel floor outside. I also became the popcorn maker every evening, and later became an usher. I was about 16 when I quit. Great old neighborhood theater and good people to work with.

Every Thursday night (for a time) was dish night. What a time we had giving a different dish every Thursday night to the ladies who came to collect the whole set. During the show sometimes one of the dishes would slip off a ladies lap and clatter to the floor. This would be met with applause, whistles and laughter. Funny reaction.

                                      Jack Folluo
                  
Norman Plant
Norman Plant on September 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

When I was looking all over for these old theaters in St Louis back in the 70’s, I looked everywhere for this one. Turned out I had the wrong address (it was the 70’s after all). Then one day driving around for some other reason I found it. But I didn’t have my Kodak 110 camera with me. Never was able to get back to it before it was gone.

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