Keller Plaza 8

4572 Lemay Ferry Road,
St. Louis, MO 63129

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Keller Plaza 8

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Wehrenberg Theatres opened the Keller 8 Cine' on March 23, 1988 seating 2,586. Almost a twin to its sister theatre the Kenrick 8 Cine'. Located near the South County Mall with competition from four other theatres. The Keller really only did a big business when they played a blockbuster. Also a high dollar lease prevented Wehrenberg from making a large profit from the theatre.

When the Wehrenberg chain chain pulled out, the Keller was closed in November 2000, and the theatre sat closed for many months. Sensible Cinemas negotiated a new lease and reopened the theaters as a bargain house and has been very successful with sell outs on the weekends.

Still does a brisk business on the week nights also. The theatre has a large lobby and concession area. The auditoriums are large and spacious and comfortable seating. Each auditorium has stereo surround sound.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

Needy
Needy on December 6, 2007 at 10:34 am

The new website for Keller 8 is www.earlann.net NOT .com

jedijason1138
jedijason1138 on August 1, 2008 at 12:53 am

I worked at Keller from 1989 to 1992 and I am trying to reunite with my friends from there. Here is a link to Craigslist with more information: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/com/778460084.html

Keller really was the best theater in South County for a long time. We always got screwed over on big movies, but when we did get the good ones, we really packed them in. We always took pride in the way the place looked and our managers kept us busy all the time to make sure our theater was in top form.

Needy
Needy on February 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Keller 8 Cine opened on Wednesday March 23, 1988. Please update the above post to reflect the correct date. It opened with free shows. This theater’s life began with heavy competition nearby. The South City Cinema across the street, the South County Cinema, the Lindbergh 8, and Wehrenberg’s own Ronnie’s 8 not far away. Upon checking the STL PD, South County and South City weren’t showing nearly as many current movies at the time and were showing flicks that had been out for weeks.

JAlex
JAlex on October 17, 2009 at 9:01 am

In addition to the correction needed for the opening year, another is needed for the fact that Wehrenberg pulled out of the operation of the theatre before it filed for bankruptcy. Wehrenberg’s last date of operation was 11/5/2000; they filed for bankruptcy 1/26/2001.

Needy
Needy on November 8, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Keller was NOT closed in May 2000, it closed in November 2000! Someone please erase every thing that Chuck Van Bibber writes. Update!

Cholla
Cholla on November 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Correct website is earlann.net

Something tells me Wehrenberg does the booking for this chain. I saw their ad in the movies section of the STL Post Dishrag and Keller was listed in at the bottom of Wehrenberg’s listings.

I could be wrong. but WTH.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Give Chuck a break!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on January 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

Would Wehrenberg consider taking this place back? My gut feeling is they wouldn’t, but they could still operate it as a discount house, I guess…I know, just wishful thinking on my part, but hey, it’s fun to speculate!!!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on December 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

Kyle, Wehrenberg turned the St. Clair into a second-run house (with digital projection, no less) which makes them taking over the Keller very unlikely.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

March 23rd, 1988 grand opening ad in photo section.

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