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

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Needy
Needy on December 5, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Charles Van Bibbler’s info is incorrect — AGAIN. I used to work at Keller 8 from 1998 to 1999. This was always the crown jewel of South County cinemas. It was very quiet, large, and the 14-15 year old white trash that Ronnie’s always attracted stayed away and didn’t gawk at this theater.

When I started working here, I remember The Horse Whisperer had just came out. I worked when movies like Mulan, Tarzan, Austin Powers 2, and Something About Mary came to this theater.

It did die a painful death. Wehrenberg rarely gave this theater a blockbuster, instead preferring to give all the good movies to Ronnie’s 8. Keller and Ronnie’s always played opposite movies. And Wehrenberg wonders why this theater was unprofitable?!!

I can remember when I was little, my mom took me to this theater to see The Land Before Time in 1988. I remember being in the huge auditorium and being amazed.

Up above, it says that this theater opened in 1986. That is incorrect. This theater opened in March 1988. Wehrenberg FINALLY started giving this theater the #1 movies when Ronnie’s converted to a 20 screen theater like it is now. It’s a shame, I miss this theater’s glory days.

It is still open as a discount house, although not by Wehrenberg. The “8 Cine” sign on the side is STILL burnt out since 1999. The new owners still have not fixed that yet. I have no idea why not. The carpeting was neat — it has the symbol of the Wehrenberg crown. This hasn’t been replaced even though a new theater chain operates it. I’m glad to see that this theater is getting great business as a discount one. I’d love to see it return to get first run movies again!

Needy
Needy on December 6, 2007 at 12:34 pm

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

jedijason1138
jedijason1138 on August 1, 2008 at 2:53 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 8:55 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 11:01 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 9:51 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 3:24 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 5:04 pm

Give Chuck a break!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on January 3, 2011 at 11:41 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 5:27 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.

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