Union Theatre

1510 Union Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63113

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Union Theatre

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The Arthur Theatre chain (Franchon & Marco) opened the Union Theatre in 1925 and it seated 1,124. The Union was a large theatre for a neighborhood house. Two story with a large balcony. White marble front and everything inside was in a forest green and burgundy red. Large stage area with a large screen. The Union had a large chandelier in the auditorium shaped into a large ball with stained class of different colors that would dim when the features were started.

The changing neighborhood and blight caused the closing of the Union Theatre in October 1960.

Shortly after the theatre closed and Arthur Theatres stripped the theatre, it was converted into a church for the African American population that had moved into the neighborhood.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on May 7, 2004 at 8:45 am

Building permit issued in September 1910. Architect the firm of Duggan & Huff.

Owned by Shulim Sigoloff, he leased the theatre to St. Louis Amusement around 1934.

JAlex
JAlex on October 3, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Theatre closed in October 1960.

JAlex
JAlex on December 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Correct opening date is October 29, 1910. F&M/SLAC had nothing to do with the theatre until the 1930s.

spectrum
spectrum on November 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

The outside now looks thoroughly modern – hard to say if iuts new construction or if they simply did extensive remodeling. There’s a modern addition on the side as well.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

Here are details of a 1939 modernization of the Union Theatre: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 1, 2012 at 7:15 am

Additional exterior photo at bottom left of this page: Boxoffice

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