619 Market Street,
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The history of the American Theatre spanned over 80 years and three different buildings and locations. The original American Theatre was built by Louis Cella in the American Hotel on Market Street seating 1,707. It was one block west of the aging Grand Opera House.
The American Theatre had three balconies with three tiers of ornate side boxes. This American Theatre opened offering vaudeville acts and it became the number one house in St. Louis. It also showed movies. In 1918 it changed from vaudeville to legitimate theatre. In 1953 Cella sold the building to another firm which had it and the American Hotel razed and a 1,500 car parking garage was built in its place.
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