Westport Cine

910 Westport Plaza,
Maryland Heights, MO 63143

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Bob_Villhard
Bob_Villhard on October 26, 2014 at 12:16 am

Kyle, I can confirm the no-box office format. I worked there as an usher from about 1979 to about 1982. Oh, the things I could tell you that went on in there!

Anyway, yes, the front of the cinema had two outdoor alcoves separated by the walls enclosing the front foyer. To get your tickers, you stood in the foyer at the dual cash registers that were at the front of an oblong concession stand.

If anyone knows how to contact any of the staff from that time, I’d love to reconnect.

Bob

jmiller
jmiller on January 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

A twin cinema that was much, much better than any other twin cinema! One auditorium was equipped for 70mm and 6-track Dolby Stereo. My favorite experience there was in 1978, with Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven,” my second-favorite film of all time!

It was a great venue, and hats off to Wehrenberg for elevating the twin to the level of Westport! The union-led crew took great pride in making sure that the projection and sound were right on the money. And, as mentioned, the opening curtains with the Wehrenberg jingle made every showing special!

Other very fond memories include “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Ordinary People,” “Tron” and “Damien: Omen II.” Yes, I love that movie, what can I say? :–)

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on January 1, 2013 at 8:22 pm

As I recall, this was one of the few movie theaters that didn’t have a box office. You bought your tickets at the front of the concession stand after you went in. I believe the Alton Cine had a similar “no box office” setup. Can anyone confirm?

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 7, 2012 at 2:00 am

The only movie I ever saw here was “Star Wars”.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 20, 2009 at 4:38 pm

The only movie I saw here was the 007 flick “For Your Eyes Only.” I thought it was neat how they synchronized the opening of the curtain & dimming of the house lights with the ever popular Weherenberg Theatres jingle.

JAlex
JAlex on September 16, 2008 at 9:46 pm

For the sake of accuracy it was the Westport (one word).

JAlex
JAlex on March 17, 2008 at 4:37 am

Theatre operated from April 1973 until February 2001. Architectural credit given to Peters & Koblenc, Inc.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on August 31, 2007 at 6:43 pm

I recall Westport showing the “100 Greatest Films” (according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). I believe that was sometime around 2000 or so. I was in St. Louis around Christmas just before the Westport Cine closed and drove by it on Christmas Eve. I noticed they had art films playing but were going to show a series of “Classic” movies for New Year’s, one of which was Ferris Bueller. Sadly, I had arrived after the last movie had started and could not get in. By February of the next year, the theater had closed.

Also, when I heard Westport was getting Rocky Horror, I knew it was going to close soon. Any Wehrenberg theater that gets Rocky Horror seems to close not long after.

Oldtheatremanager
Oldtheatremanager on August 31, 2007 at 6:08 pm

The last few years that the theatre was open it was being used more for rentals more than anything. They tried a few different formats to bring it back to life including showing old movies from the 40’s & 50’s. Some of the main movies being showng were Indian films. After Shady Oak closed West Port took on The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That was that last movie played.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on July 9, 2005 at 2:32 pm

Actually, the building that used to house the Westport Cine now houses a restaurant called Mageurita Mama’s…like I really care…I’d rather have the theater back. Saw Star Wars there. Great place! :)