Shaw Theatre

3901 Shaw Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63110

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grannydxn on December 31, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I lived across the street from the Shaw Theatre from 1943 to 1958 we only moved because I my folks had another baby and 3 rooms were to small. Big move down to 41 hundred Shaw. To be honest I don’t remember it being built out to the sidewalk, it had more room from the bottom of the steps to the street. There was also a newsstand where a boy sold papers everyday on the corner of 39th and Shaw. the show was open every night with 2 double features, news reel and a couple of cartoons, Saturday afternoon was a children’s matinee. Usually had a guest on stage a yo yo person or something of that nature. Cartoons, then the cliff hanger and then the movie. Sunday the movies changed and was open all day. It was a wonderful show where the usher wore a uniform and actually walked up and down to check on things. My cousin at the time sold popcorn and candy there for a few years.. I agree with Chris it is the same building today just without the walk up steps. It was a magical place living across the street from it was the best because on a hot summer night it had an air conditioner our flat didn’t..

JAlex on August 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm

As a typical neighborhood house the theatre closed July 5, 1956 with “Carousel.” However, the theatre reopened in May of 1957 with a policy of German-language films. The last noting of this policy was in March 1960.

Chris1982 on August 30, 2014 at 9:47 am

The entire building is still standing, it is now the Salama Supermarket.

DRaySTL on August 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

Weekend: what neighborhood would you not drive through now?

Weekend on March 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

I remember my parents taking me to the Shaw Theatre when I was a kid. Around 1951 through 1955-ish. In fact I remember my mother throwing me over her shoulder and walking home with me at night. Down to Blaine Avenue. 4100 ish. Wouldn’t drive through the neighborhood now. As I can recall the theater was built all the way up to the sidewalk. There was just a brick wall all along 39th St. Per the photo, it looks as though the theater has been razed? Although the open space doesn’t make sense. Not enough room and the existing retail couldn’t have faced 39th St. when the theater was there.

RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 5:25 pm

Even in 1957 they were making them drug stores.

JAlex on November 29, 2004 at 3:57 pm

Architectural design by Kennerly & Stiegemeyer.

Theatre opened September 6, 1915.