Category Archives: Southampton

For Sale, Cheap: Hole In Ground Where Historic Movie Theater Once Stood

by Michael R. Allen Lately, the unkempt stretch of dirt — not shown here, too bleak for the holiday season — where the Avalon Theater once stood has sported a for-sale sign with a slapped-on price of $125,000. That price … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Citywide Preservation Review

by Michael R. Allen On Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published an article by reporter Tim Logan that raised the issue of the city’s lack of citywide demolition review. The article, which ran on the front page above the fold, … Continue reading

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Without Review, Avalon Theater Demolition Underway

by Michael R. Allen One day after my call for an imaginative path away from demolition of the Avalon Theater, wreckers started destroying the south city landmark. This morning, after considering it since December 22, the Building Division approved the … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: The Future of the Avalon Theater

by Michael R. Allen Is the Avalon Theater poised to be revitalized as a two-screen neighborhood cinema, a concert venue or a cafe with three-seasons dining in a re-purposed auditorium? Unless the owners drop a pending application for demolition, the … Continue reading

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Avalon Theater: Price Reduced

The listing price for the Art Deco Avalon Theater at 4225 S. Kingshighway has dropped to $249,900. View the listing here. Suffering from deterioration since closing in 1999, the 647-seat Avalon is one of the city’s few remaining neighborhood single-screen … Continue reading

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Change in Alderpersons Will Impact the Avalon Theater

by Michael R. Allen The recent resignation of Alderman Stephen Gregali (D-14th) could have an impact on the future of the Avalon Theater at 4225 S. Kingshighway in Southampton. The languishing Art Deco neighborhood movie house, built in 1937 and … Continue reading

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Avalon Theater Now Sports For Sale Sign

by Michael R. Allen The Avalon Theater at 4225 S. Kingshighway is sporting a for-sale sign for the first time since it closed in 1998. Why didn’t this sign go up years ago, before much of the deterioration started? Well, … Continue reading

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Saving a Sense of the City

If you haven’t seen it yet, last week’s South City Journal feature “Saving a sense of the city” offers an overview of endangered south city buildings, ranging from the Avalon Theater to the smokestack at the Carondelet Coke plant. Sean … Continue reading

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Avalon Demolition Threat?

Gregali: Tear down the Avalon – Shawn Clubb (Southwest City Journal, January 10) Tear It Down (Brick City, January 10)

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Coming Down This Week

by Michael R. Allen Urban Review St. Louis reports that the Doering Mansion is almost gone. Demolition began last week. Also nearly gone this week is the art deco Regal Theater on Martin Luther King Boulevard. I have been following … Continue reading

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