Whiteway Theatre

1150 South 6th Street,
St. Louis, MO 63104

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Whiteway Theatre

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The Whiteway operated from 1915 until its closing in 1948 as part of the Komm Theatre chain. The theatre seated 1,000. Located on the corner of 6th and Hickory, just two blocks away from the start of the South Broadway shopping center it was one of six Komm theatres that was within walking distance of each other. A plain single story structure painted all white with no design on the exterior at all. It had a corner marquee since it was located right on the corner but the box office was at the other side of the front of the building.

The Whiteway was one of the many theatre that closed when television invaded the homes of the neighborhood. With the Komm chain having five other theatres in the same neighborhood the Whiteway was one of the first to close when television came along. it later became a truck repair shop and eventually was demolished when the highway exit was constructed.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on January 2, 2005 at 9:20 am

Years of operation were 1915 to 1948.

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on March 4, 2005 at 5:00 am

The Whiteway was at the corner of 6th and Rutger, not Geyer.
JamesGrebe

JamesGrebe
JamesGrebe on March 24, 2005 at 4:48 am

The wrong bandit struck again. The correct address is 6th and Hickory

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Here is a photo of the White Way Theater. Shouldn’t “White Way” be two words?

JAlex
JAlex on August 17, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Original operator in 1915 was Alex Papandrikos, who was followed by Tommy James as operator. In 1936 the theatre was taken over by Papand & Schulter who also operated the Roxy, Columbia, Powhatan and Avalon Theatres. Fred Wehrenberg purchased the property in 1946 and leased it to Sam Komm who operated theatre until closing in April 1948. Theatre closed with a (reissue) double-bill of “Of Mice and Men” and “One Million B.C.”

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