Category Archives: Theaters

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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Bright Days Ahead for the Sun Theater?

by Michael R. Allen There seems to be some confusion as to the fate of the elegant, vacant Sun Theater at 3627 Grandel Square in midtown. The sumptuously-ornamented theater has been owned by the Land Reutilization Authority since 2009, when … Continue reading

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Alton Considers Landmark Designation for the Grand Theater

by Michael R. Allen Earlier this week, the Alton Historical Commission heard testimony on an application to designate the Grand Theater (1920) at 230 Market Street as a city landmark. This application is controversial because the application is opposed by … Continue reading

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Traces of Route 66 on Chain of Rocks Road

by Michael R. Allen One of the St. Louis sections of the historic Route 66 is the two-lane Chain of Rocks Road in Madison County, Illinois.  Between Highway 157 at the west and Highway 203 at the east, passing through … 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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New Merry Widow Theater

by Michael R. Allen Located at 1539 Chouteau Avenue, near the Truman Parkway, stands a somewhat-isolated relic of an urban commercial district that flourished on Chouteau in the LaSalle Park and Lafayette Square neighborhoods. The liveliness is hard to believe … Continue reading

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Edwardsville Plans to Restore The Wildey

by Michael R. Allen The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Alderman Rich Walker of Edwardsville, Illinois, has launched both a campaign to restore The Wildey theater and a public history project on the theater. The City of Edwardsville purchased the … Continue reading

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