Wellston Theatre

6226 Easton Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63121

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The Wellston Theatre opened by the Arthur chain (Franchon & Marco) in 1922 seating 1,319. This was one of the oppulant neighborhhod houses. It was a move over house from the Fox, St. Louis, Ambassador and Missouri theatres. Located in the Wellston Loop which at the time was one of the busiest shopping areas in the US. a sister theatre the Victory opened two years later just three blocks to the east at the beginning of the Wellston Loop. The Wellston packed them in show after show. It was a real looker inside and out, with a large balcony and beautiful interior of plush red velvets and gold trim. The front facade was four large colums with a free standing box office located in the middle with a walkway to the main entrance. A terrazzo floor on the outside walkway lead into the same in the lobby. Brightly lit poster cases lined the walkway with tons of neon all along the ceiling and front of the theatre. the Main lobby boasted a very large concession stand in the middle of the lobby and four auditorium doors behind it. There was a grand staircase on each side of the lobby leading to the balcony.

On the week-ends it was nothing for the theatre to sell out each show. The Wellston outlived the Victory by almost twenty years. But the decline of the neighborhood and the closing of the stores in the loop doomed the theatre and it finally closed in 1978.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on May 7, 2004 at 8:53 am

In fact, there were two Wellston Theatres.

Original structure opened in 1921, but destroyed by fire in April 1944. Capacity was 950.

Second Wellston Theatre opened in November 1945. This featured stadium seating and was designed by Hugo Graf. One of the theatres operated by St. Louis Amusement. Capacity was 1100.

JAlex
JAlex on November 27, 2006 at 5:12 am

Theatre ceased operation in October, 1962. Theatre eventually demolished for street extension.

bbrown1
bbrown1 on July 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm

You can see a picture of the Wellston Theatre (along with the nearby Mikado/Victory)at the following site:

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thelivinglegend1930
thelivinglegend1930 on September 29, 2009 at 8:50 am

The Wellston Theatre was located on the south side of Easton Avenue, just east of Evergreen Avenue in the Wellston business area. The address was 6226 Easton Avenue (today Dr. Martin Luther King Drive., Wellston, MO 63133

There were two Wellston Theaters. The first one opened in 1922, it was destroyed by fire in April 1944. Capacity was 950.

The second Wellston Theatre opened in November 1945. It was designed by Hugo Graf. Capacity was 1319. The decline of the neighborhood and the closing of the stores in the loop doomed the theatre and it finally closed in 1978. The building was eventually demolished for a street extension.

The newer Wellston packed them in show after show. It was a real looker inside and out, with a large balcony and beautiful interior of plush red velvets and gold trim. The front facade was four large columns with a free standing box office located in the middle with a walkway to the main entrance. A terrazzo floor on the outside walkway lead into the same in the lobby. Brightly lit poster cases lined the walkway with tons of neon all along the ceiling and front of the theatre. the main lobby boasted a very large concession stand in the middle of the lobby and four auditorium doors behind it. There was a grand staircase on each side of the lobby leading to the balcony.

The Wellston Theater outlived the Victory by almost twenty years.

JAlex
JAlex on September 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm

As Yogi Berra reputedly said: “Deja vu all over again.”

thelivinglegend1930
thelivinglegend1930 on October 2, 2009 at 8:02 am

posted by JAlex on Sep 29, 2009 at 5:16pm

Thanks,smart JAlex
sorry we missed your other posted 450 plus remarks… on this site.

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