Electric Theatre

712 Edmond Street,
St. Joseph, MO 64501

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Electric Theatre

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The Electric Theatre was opened in 1915 with a mix of vaudeville and photo-plays in its programmes.

Contributed by KenRoe

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mm378 on September 2, 2006 at 5:05 pm

The Electric Theatre could not have been demolished in 1957, because Sen. Lyndon Johnson appeared at a rally there during the 1960 presidential campaign.

afift1ford on July 10, 2007 at 6:47 pm

If I remember the Electric was still open up to 1959, my uncle worked at the Electric, Missouri and I think the Regal he ran the heat and air cond. I was always at the movies in one or the other theaters, I know it was still open in 1957 I was going to CB High School and it was still open. When I left St.Joe and returned to Calif. in 1959 it was still open. The last time I was in St.Joe the Missouri was open and being used for stage plays.

kencmcintyre on August 10, 2007 at 5:55 pm

There are a few photos on this website:

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

It was a DURWOOD-DUBINSKY BROS.Theatre.Played a movie there in"SIN-A-SCOPE called “HAPPY ANNIVERSARY”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

The photos on the page ken mc linked to above (and most prticularly this photo) show that the architectural style of the Electric Theatre was Italian Renaissance, at least on the exterior. I haven’t been able to find any interior photos, but that facade usd many elements suggestive of Brunelleschi’s Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence.

HogGravynChitlins on June 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

so many dead links on this site, makes me tear my hair out

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I came across two items in the July 17, 1915, issue of The American Contractor. Both mention the Electric Theatre in St. Joseph, but they describe two different projects. One is a theater remodeling and the other a theater addition. The first is in the block the Electric Theatre was on, but the second item gives no location. I really don’t know what to make of them. I’ve had the impression that the Electric Theatre was newly built in 1915, but perhaps it was in a remodeled building. Here is the first item:

“St. Joseph… Theater (rem.): 2- sty. & bas. 76x 120. $18M. Edmond betw. Seventh & Eighth sts., St. Joseph, Mo. Archt. Carl Boller & Co., Gayety bldg., Kansas City. Owner Tootle Estate, St. Joseph. Lessee Electric Theater Co., St. Joseph, Mo. Work started. Fdns. & re. conc. let to Du Bois Re. Conc. Constr. Co., Corby Forsee bldg., St. Joseph. Plastering to C. A. Felling, 118 N. Eighth st., St. Joseph.”
Here is the second item:
“Theater (add.): 2 sty. & bas. 50x 120. St. Joseph, Mo. Archts. Carl Boiler & Bro., Gayety bldg. Kansas City. Owner Electric Theater, N. Philley, secy., St. Joseph, will take bids until July 21. Brk. & terra cotta trim, comp, rf., struct. iron.”

Chris1982 on October 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

This theatre should have an aka Majestic Theatre. The Majestic Theater Grand Opening: Thurs Oct 13,1910, renamed to the Electric Theater, Grand Opening: Thurs September 23,1915 showing silent movies. The Grand Opening show was Wilton Lackaye and Clara Kimball Young in “TRILBY”. Admission was 10 cents Last date open was Saturday, October 28, 1961 The building was demolished in 1977 The last movies shown: Susan Travers in “The Snake Woman” and Kieron Moore in “Doctor Blood’s Coffin”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

That explains the two American Contractor items from 1915. The Electric was the Majestic, both remodeled and expanded.

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