Cinema 4 Center

672 S. Fifth Street,
St. Charles, MO 63301

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Cinema 4 Center

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The Cinema 4 Center was Wehrenberg’s first venture into St. Charles County. The four screen theater opened in 1970. It closed in 1987 as was demolished in 1994 to make way for a Walgreens.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on June 25, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Yes, the shopping center was known as the Mark Twain…the theatre was not. Of interest may be that when a theatre was announced to be built in the shopping center, in 1967, the name was intended to be the Huck Finn.

ex143IA
ex143IA on March 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I was one of the projectionists at C4C in the 70’s and I remember the flick “Earthquake” starring Charlton Heston that played. Prior to the run, Sensurrond equipment had to be installed which emitted low frequency sound waves which simulated earthquake vibrations as a special effect for the film. About two weeks into the run we heard this tremendous “bang” in the theatre and we shutdown the film, turned up the house lights and rushed into the theatre (I think it was #2). In the back row about two or three seats were totally destroyed from a falling cinderblock brick that fell. Thank goodness it was a matinee and the theatre was not filled. Someone could have been killed. Sensurrond did have a problem with this.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Wow,What A Story,ex1431a.

Cholla
Cholla on October 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

My ex wife managed the C4C in the early -mid 80s. It wasn’t a very nice place in its final years before being replaced by the Ct. Charles 10 (now 14). She also managed the St. Andrews for a short time.

I knew a couple of the projectionists at C4C. ex1431a your name wouldn’t happen to be “Bud”, would it?

JAlex
JAlex on October 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

The architect was George Berg. Seating capacity was listed as 1200 with 2 auditoriums seating 350; the remaining two seating 250.
The venue became a dollar house in July 1987 when Wehrenberg opened the nearby St. Charles 10. Theatre held on briefly with this policy before closing August 30, 1987 with bills of Adventures in Baby Sitting, Spaceballs, Ernest Goes to Camp and Predator.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on October 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Thanks, JAlex and Cholla, for the updates on C4C. Sad to hear it was getting run down in its final years, because I have so many memories of this place. So they went dollar show in ‘87…that would be during my last year of graduate school at University of Illinois. I was just too wiped out from graduate study to do anything when I was home. I still, however, think Cinema 4 Center would have made a better dollar show location than St. Andrews, if it were still standing, but since Wehrenberg ran it, they were bound to close it soon once the St. Charles 10 opened.

ex143IA
ex143IA on October 11, 2010 at 8:06 am

Cholla, I was part of the Allen/Bill/John triumvirate in the 70’s.

Cholla
Cholla on October 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

Okay, that was before the ex ran the place. I only can remember two, one being “Bud” and the other, IIRC his name was Jerry? He learned he was a distant relative to Howard Hughes and may have resigned to go through all that in the courts. I did live across the street from him for a short time in St. Charles in about 83.

Cholla
Cholla on June 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

BTW, the address provided for the venue has to be incorrect. It is listed as North Fifth Street, that is incorrect, it was on SOUTH Fifth, as the dividing line for N/S is First Capitol Drive and it was definitely south, as it was along I-70 south of Booneslick. A Walgreen’s is on the site now.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on March 28, 2012 at 4:52 pm

The last movie I saw at Cinema 4 was The Great Mouse Detective. According to imdb.com, that movie was released in 1986. So that means I saw my last film at C4C about a year before it closed down for good. Sad to see the place go, but glad I have a good memory of my final movie there. Never forget that place…

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