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Virginia Theater

Photo from the Darren Snow collection.
5101-37 Virginia Ave
Saint Louis MO 63111

Record #12529  
 Opened: 1910
 Closed: 1956
 Current Use: Church
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:
 Previously operated by: Wehrenberg-Kaimann Circuit, Wehrenberg Theatres

Information for this tour was contributed by Darren Snow.

This neighborhood theater on St. Louis' south side was built in 1910 in the crook of a Y-shaped intersection. The oddly-shaped lot allowed for a small, round lobby and an auditorium that fanned out in size from the rear to the stage. The Virginia was, for years, part of the local Wehrenberg chain, and when business trickled out in 1956, it began closing on Mondays, and finally shut down for good on May 12. The final bill offered Loop Hole and Bowery to Bagdad.

Churches moved in and out of the theater over the next thirty years -- Gospel of Peace Tabernacle, Victory Chapel, Seed Faith Fellowship -- and the '90s found the Virginia hosting the occasional flea market.

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October 2020 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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October 2020 photos from the Emma Tomiak collection.

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July 2002 photos from the Adam Martin collection.

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2000 photos from the Darren Snow collection.

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Last featured 3/8/2005. Last edited 12/23/2021.

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