Cherokee Theatre

2714 Cherokee Street,
St. Louis, MO 63118

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The Cherokee opened in 1911 as a legitimate theater by O.T. Crawford. The theatre was located directly across the street from from where the Cinderella Theatre was to open a short time later.

The Cherokee was a single floor building with ornate terra cotta along the roof and down the sides of the theatre. It has a large lobby with three aisles leading into the auditorium. There were three columns on each side of the auditorium with lighting shining down on them from the ceiling. It was later operated by the Wehrenberg circuit. This made a total of three theatres on Cherokee Street operated by the Wehrenbergs.

The Cherokee was closed in 1931 and a Niesners 5 and 10 store replaced the theatre.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex on May 9, 2004 at 9:35 am

Cherokee opened in 1911 as a legitimate playhouse, part of the chain of O. T. Crawford. As time progressed, theatre became part of the Koplar chain, Famous Players-Missouri, Koplar (again) and finally Fred Wehrenberg’s circuit.

Architect the firm of Duggan & Huff.

Conversion of facility into retail stores took place in 1931.

fujiwest on December 28, 2006 at 7:20 am

I’m wondering if anyone remembered an Indian bust located somewhere in the theater? I have an Indian bust that my dad said came from an old theater in St. Louis. After my dad aquired it, he had it displayed in Carson Pontiac’s showroom on Manchester Rd.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 25, 2007 at 10:30 am

This is a vintage photo of the New Cherokee Theater. I wish the photo was a little clearer.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm

A Link theater organ was installed in the Cherokee Theater in 1924.

jgrebe on October 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

The Cherokee was not a single story building. It had 2 stories. The Link theatre organ was actually a piano console with 2 side cabinets, one housing 4 ranks of organ pipes and the other a 4 roll player cabinet.
James Grebe

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 11, 2008 at 9:40 am

The organ list didn’t give much detail about this one. Thanks for the additional information.

JAlex on October 13, 2008 at 9:50 am

The Cherokee was not “directly across the street” from the Cinderella, but was in the next block east.

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