3343 S Jefferson Ave|
Saint Louis MO
|Record #12111 |
Closed: Yes (date unknown)
Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 224 seats|
Current Organ: none
| Also Known As: |
| Previously operated by: Wehrenberg Theatres|
As nickelodeons sprang up all over America in the first decade of the twentieth century, Fred Wehrenberg got the notion to convert his family's bake shop into a movie house. The success of this venture inspired him to build St. Louis' first "real" theater constructed especially for the exhibition of films. This 224-seat venue was called the Best Theatre. From this seed, Wehrenberg built the region's most successful local theater chain; if it can overcome its present struggles (it's had to close many of its theaters), the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2006.
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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 6/5/2016.