Cypress Village Theatre

11129 St. Charles Rock Road,
St. Ann, MO 63074

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The Cypress Village Theatre opened in 1969 seating 1,102 as a single screen under the Fox Midwest Banner. The Cypress was the sister to the Mark Twain Theatre on South Lindbergh. A red brick building with the entrance hidden by one of the retail building in the shopping plaza. The theatre was located directly across the Rock Road from the North West Plaza Mall.

The interior was not nearly as plush as its sister the Mark Twain but a beautiful house just the same. The lobby had a large starburst chandelier against the ceiling wiht large crystals running along the starburst. The walls were done in a patterned damask material with a burnt orand and brown tone. The carpeting was in the same colors but had the Fox emblem in it. The concession area was a large center in the middle of the lobby. The box office was set up so that it could be utilized as either an outside or inside facility with the managers office directly behind it.

The large auditorium was set up on a sloped floor so that there was not bad site lines from any seat. The wall draperies werer the same color as the walls in the lobby and the seats matched. The seats were thick and had the rocker back style.

The Cypress Theatre was twinned in 1978 and when Fox Thetres pulled out of the St. Louis market it was operated a short time by GSS and then Wehrenberg. The theatre closed in 1986 when the entire plaza was torn down for a new strip mall and super-market.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on April 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Theatre closed, under Wehrenberg management, in January 1987.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on August 20, 2009 at 11:23 am

Went here a ton of times – most notably to see “Splash,” “Supergirl,” and “Breakin 2 – Electric Boogaloo.”

ex143IA
ex143IA on March 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Cerjda, I think I know who you are (John?)? I was one of the projectionists at the Cypress in the late 70’s. One comment about the “twinning” of this theatre. It was not exactly a 50/50 twinning, more like a 67/33 split. Smart move actually. The larger theatre had the standard two projector setup and the small had a three tier platter. I remember that when attendance in the large theatre’s flick started to fall off, the film was transferred to the small side, which started to sell out then.

It was a very attractive theatre, clean, excellent projection and sound equipment, and good management. Overall one of the best houses I worked in St. Louis.

gelsomina
gelsomina on May 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I took a job at Mann’s Cypress Village in May 1982, a week before Poltergeist and two weeks before E.T. opened. It was a crazy summer of constant sell-outs. E.T. played in the larger cinema which held 600+ while Poltergeist was playing in the smaller cinema (memory is that it held somewhere between 250 and 300).

I was there when the cinema transitioned from Mann to Wehrenberg (I’m pretty positive there was no GSS ownership in between). Once the massive success of the Spielberg movies died down there was a series of not-so-successful movies that I recall that screened at Cypress Village including Swamp Thing, Savannah Smiles, Murder by Phone, Diner, Zapped! and Blood-Sucking Freaks, before 48 Hours opened in the winter to good crowds (though nothing like the success of the previous summer).

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on April 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The strip mall that replaced the theatre includes a Wal-Mart, Aarons (a rent-to-own appliance store) and a bunch of other stores.

blittlefield
blittlefield on May 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Hello to everyone that remembers this theatre. National General built some nice theatres, except they didn’t understand the market and they were obsolete upon opening. Ted Mann started building multiplexes as soon as he took over the company, but efforts to save theatres like this one were always doomed. This was a beautiful theatre with many fond memories, especially the people we were lucky enough to work with and get to know. I met my children’s mother working there.

stlzorro
stlzorro on May 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Gelsomina – I worked there that same summer when we had ET & Poltergeist. Who are you, I’m Michael Z., remember Tim Pemberton, Sandy Turner, Angie Rolph, …

cerjda01
cerjda01 on July 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Jalex = You DO know me then…. Rather Curious Alan??? Need to figure out how to find or contact members….. Now I’m curious. LOL

jmiller
jmiller on January 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

Favorite movie memory here was seeing “Black Sunday” in 1977. Great film! One of St. Louis' most impressive 1970’s-era cinemas!

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