Richmond Theatre

1025 South Big Bend,
St. Louis, MO 63117

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Richmond Theatre

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The Richmond Theatre opened in 1936 seating 622 as part of the F & M and later became part of the Arthur chain. The Richmond was located just around the corner from the much larger Esquire theatre. It played to a different clientele than the Esquire though. It was always first run and ran the more classy movies in the early days. In its later life it was noted for its art theatre format, running art, independent, and foreign films. When the Esquire was renodeled and the Mid America thetare made it a first run house and the Arthur theatres started showing art films at the nearby Shady Oak theatre the days were numbered for the Richmond.

Arthur tried a second run policy but the clientele in that area were not into second run theatres. The Richmond closed quietly in 1966. The building is still there and is used for retail. It had always had retail shops attached to the front but the theatre itself became a sporting goods store.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on May 4, 2004 at 5:57 am

Opening date of Richmond was October 23, 1935.

Built by Oscar Lehr; then operated by Kieselhorst & Wilson (who also operated the Shady Oak); in 1937 leased to St. Louis Amusement.

Theatre operated for years as a neighborhood house. Became an art house in the 50s.

JAlex
JAlex on April 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Closed as a movie house in December 1959. In October 1960 the Southtown Players, a dramatic group, moved in and presented their productions there until June 1970.

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