Studio Theatre

6235 Natural Bridge Road,
St. Louis, MO 63121

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The Wehrenberg Chain opened the Studio Theatre in the Pine Lawn district of St. Louis on December 24, 1937 and the theatre seated 670. The Studio Theatre was located in a small shopping area in Pine Lawn with a skating rink and later the Thunderbird Drive-In was built across the street. The Studio Theatre survived until television took its toll on another popular neighborhood theatre. The Studio Theatre closed in 1956.

The building became a medical clinic, but has since been demolished.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on January 4, 2006 at 8:41 pm

The theatre is now demolished…an empty lot now marks the footprint of the theatre.

JAlex
JAlex on March 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm

The Studio at 6235 Natural Bridge was the second theatre with that name. It opened on Christmas Day, 1937 and closed in July 1957.

The previous Studio was across the street at 6220 Natural Bridge and closed a few days before the new theatre opened. This theatre had a capacity of 460.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm

December 24th, 1937 grand opening ad in photo section.

BobCarter
BobCarter on January 19, 2017 at 2:02 am
 In 1952 I was a Senior in High School as were my two closest buddies. The three of us took part time jobs as ushers in the Studio Theatre in Pine Lawn, a neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Our jobs were mainly to maintain peace and quiet among the throngs of kids who packed the little old run down theatre. We intervened when the popcorn and half eaten candy bars started flying. It was futile on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Parents dropped their little darlings off at the theatre/baby sitting house and had a few hours or peace and quiet. We were kept busy. When things were quiet we flirted with the girls behind the candy counter. Even dated a few. The most memorial event for me was the first showing of Singing In The Rain. I watched it over and over. Learned all the songs and memorized the gags.
                   That was 65 years ago this year 2017. Today my wife and I drove through a down pouring rain to see it again on the big screen in Redwood City California. Theatres are making special showings through the Turner Network. It hasn't lost a thing with the passage of time. I silently sang along with all the songs, laughed at all the jokes, and marveled at the athletic dancing of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. It is truly a classic.
                  
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