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Brentwood Theatre

2002 Photo from the Adam Martin collection
2529 S Brentwood Blvd
Brentwood MO

Record #11649  
 Opened: March 14, 1942
 Closed: 1986
 Current Use: Office Space
Capacity: 700 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Mid-America Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

This 700-seater opened on March 14, 1942, with Shirley Temple in Kathleen. The Brentwood had more than its share of problems for a well-run theater on an affluent commercial strip in a good neighborhood; bogus bomb threats caused the movie house to be evacuated in 1965 and 1972, and a bungled 1968 burglary netted only $11 in change for the bandits, who were apprehended when the clang of dropped tire irons alerted the police to their presence.

In 1972, Billie Lasker, a smut-fighting grandma of some local fame, led 200 supporters to the offices of the county's prosecuting attorney to protest the Brentwood's screening of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask. A couple of years later, a long-simmering parking shortage came to a head when a large number of patrons received parking tickets and raised enough of a stink to inspire a newspaper article. A couple of years later, the owners of the lot behind the theater complained that theater patrons were parking there unauthorized, causing more bad press. When the AMC chain opened the four-screen Galleria multiplex a few blocks away, it was able to rid itself of the minor headache the Brentwood had become. It was subsequently gutted and put to use as office space.

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Photos from the Charles Van Bibber collection.

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