Halls Ferry 14 Cine'

2845 Target Drive,
Ferguson, MO 63140

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Halls Ferry 14 Cine'

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Built by the Wehrenberg theatre chain in 1986 the Halls Ferry didn’t have much of a life span. It closed in 2002. Toward the end they ran first-run fare at a discounted price to try pulling in the customers but not enough came to survive. It was a really nice theatre as all Wehrenberg theatres are, but after the Jamestown Cine was expanded and opened the business dropped and that was the end of the Halls Ferry. The building sat for several years on the Target parking lot waiting for some kind of rescue.

It was demolished in January 2010.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Chris Utley
Chris Utley on January 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Just got word that the theatre is currently being demolished.

Needy on June 4, 2010 at 12:08 am

It’s demolished now? What’s in its place?

projectdarkgrey on February 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm

This is sad news… when i was a young kid in the 80’s me and my family when there quite often. It was my favorite show and they had a great arcade. Then I remember going in 90 or 91 the blacks began to over run the show and it appeared run down. That was the last time I ever went there.

Every time the blacks move in decent people go else where and busineses die out…. Riverroads Mall, Northwest Plaza, James Town Mall, Crestwood Plaza, even whole cities.. East St Louis, Washington Park, Belleville IL..just to name a few… all of these were nice places.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Can’t believe I missed that racist statement above! As a card carrying member of “the blacks,” I can assure you that me and my fellow “blacks” (who patronized this theatre since opening weekend) ARE DECENT and always behaved like well mannered individuals and respected both the facilities AND our fellow audience members. You are singling out a whole group based on the actions of a few. That is not right.

Answering Needy’s question, nothing’s in its place. Not a trace of the theatre is to be found.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on May 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Another theatre with info that needs to be corrected. See JAlex’s various comments for accurate info.

KingBiscuits on May 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm

According to the company’s president in a 1989 mention of the theatre in Boxoffice magazine, Child’s Play made more money at this theatre than any other theatre that played it.

littlelamzie on February 27, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Just wanted to add my memories of the Halls Ferry 14…

I was only 10 when Something About Mary came out, but I remember getting the free hair gel if you purchased tickets to this movie. We still have a pack, too! And yes, it’s real hair gel, not like the “gel” used in the movie.

My dad and I went to see Star Trek:First Contact in 1996 and the theater, though it was smaller compared to the ones of today, was packed. It was raining outside and the storm got so bad that during one of the key scenes in the movie, the electric went out. Everyone just sat there waiting for the power to come back on but only the emergency lighting lit the room. A lot of people left because it took so long, but for those of us that waited, we all got free movie passes.

There also used to be a large candy cart in the lobby. It was very expensive but we would try it out every now and then.

I have to say though, most of the movies I saw as a kid, I saw here. It wasn’t a glamorous spot, but it was close to home. I didn’t need all the extras that they have in theaters now. It was all about the movies, not the lobby or food counter. You’re in there all of five seconds and just to get your popcorn. Too bad the neighborhood got run down.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm

In this interview published in the April 29, 1911, issue of the St. Louis Business Journal, architect Don Rataj said that the late-1980s remodeling of the Halls Ferry Cine was his first project for the Wehrenberg Theatres circuit. His firm has been designing Wehrenberg’s theaters since 1987.

Kurt Krueger became a partner in 2000 and the firm was renamed Rataj-Krueger Architects, Inc. at that time. Rataj retired at the end of 2012. Geoffrey Crowley is now a principal of the firm, but I don’t know if there are any plans to rename it or not.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 16, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Oops. I’ll have to be careful not to put 1913 on my checks.

PrezGAR on January 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

The theater was not on Target’s parking lot. There were two other businesses between Target’s lot and the theater. Children’s Palace and Showbiz Pizza.

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