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 15 comments)

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.

Needy
Needy on July 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

I went to see the newest TMNT movie here last night. Being that Wehrenberg closed this place in 2000, it still looks the same, i.e. the Wehrenberg logo on the carpet, same paint job, etc.

I worked here when it started its slow down from 1998-1999. When Arnold 14 opened in early 1999, all Jefferson County residents didn’t need to travel north to see a current movie and that marked the beginning of the end of this place. To attempt to keep this theater going, any/all main or major popular movies were also playing here, whereas before it split what was showing with Ronnie’s (meaning those two theaters never played the same movies from early 1990s until 2000). It wasn’t enough and the plug was pulled.

When I went in last night, I noticed some changes. The two large auditoriums have a stage and these little rooms off to the side when you open the doors which was different. All of the main carpeting was ripped out and concrete floors were what you walked on in the lobby. Perhaps this place is finally getting new carpet? I guess they realized they didn’t need to keep showing the Wehrenberg logo on it! The 8 Cine sign on the building still looked burned out as it was in the early 2000s. This was the nicest SoCo theater back in the day!

JAlex
JAlex on July 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

The Wehrenberg carpet was ripped out over one year ago in the lobby and corridors. It remains as the runner in the auditoria. Perhaps they didn’t realize what a replacement would cost.

A couple of cost-saving moves are of note as well. Tickets are often sold at the concession stand rather than have someone in the boxoffice. Also, a couple of weeks ago they discontinued their ads in the local newspaper.

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