La Jade Cinema

125 East Main Street,
Festus, MO 63028

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La Jade Cinema

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Opened in 1936 by the Miller family and known at that time as the Miller Theatre. It was located in the miidle of the block in the busy Festus downtown, the theatre was always a big draw. It was far enough out of St. Louis that it could get the first run movies at the same time as the movie palaces in St. Louis or a week later. The Miller family took pride in their theatre and it was kept in tip top shape. It always maintained its small time atmosphere.

When Mr Miller passed away in 1974 the theatre was sold and got a complete face life both inside and outside. With a new facade and new marquee. It continued to be successful until Mid America Theatre build a twin cinema just blocks away in Crystal City.

The theatre closed briefly in 1999 and was reopened in 2000 and closed again in 2002. It is now home to a church.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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DSnow
DSnow on March 27, 2005 at 6:15 pm

A church now occupies the La Jade.

hvacrt
hvacrt on September 16, 2006 at 5:18 pm

The LaJade theatre is currently being restored after a storm tore off part of it’s roof. The church that was using it has closed. The inside has gone through a renovation. The outside is now being restore to it’s former state. The new owners are Townsend Heating & Cooling of Festus. They are setting up the theatre to be use for a Christian television broadcast. The , Just for Youth, televises in St. Louis, New Mexico, Alabama and Canada. The stage is being set up for a live audience during the broadcasts. The theatre will retaine it’s style and it’s community involvement.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Pictured as the Miller Theatre in this 1966 trade report: Boxoffice

JAlex
JAlex on September 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

Architect (in 1935) was Bruce F. Barnes.

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