1005 McCausland Avenue,
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Hi-Pointe Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc., Landmark Theatres (USA)
Architects: August Foell, William Schlesinger
Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
News About This Theater
- Sep 25, 2014 — Hi-Pointe named St. Louis' best
- May 30, 2008 — Closed movie house photo gallery published Wednesday
- Apr 28, 2008 — Hi-Pointe looking for new management
Opened in 1922, this theater became part of the St. Louis Amusement Co. chain in 1926. It was later operated by the Arthur Enterprises Inc. It was a single-screen theater on one floor. It has long been either a second run theater and then later an art house.
When the Arthur Enterprises Inc. went out of business the James Family bought the theatre playing art movies and it was booked by Landmark Theatres like the Tivoli Theatre and the Plaza Frontenac Cinema. The Hi-Pointe Theatre was used as a location for filming the 2005 comedy movie “Diary of a Co-Worker” starring Mort Burke.
Landmark Theatres closed the Hi-Pointe Theater in April 2008. It was taken over by independent operators and reopened in June 2008 screening a mix of first run and independent films. In May 2015 a second screen seating 50 was added.
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Add this one to the long long list of theatres I’ve driven by for years but never stepped inside!
This is a great theatre…one of the best I’ve ever had the chance to visit.
It has been announced that a second screen is to be added to the operation. To be called the Hi-Pointe Backlot, this 50-seat venue is not being carved from the original theatre but is in a separate building across the alley to the west.
Theatre is currently closed as the original brick facade is slated to reappear. Also promised is a rehabbing of the concession area and the seats. The theatre is slated to reopen September 11th. While the original theatre is closed, the Backlot venue remains open.
Over 100 people for a Sunday matinee of Florence Foster Jenkins.
The Hi-Pointe features two items which make it somewhat unique in today’s exhibition scene: 1) An operable curtain; and 2) No screen commercials.
1937 photo added courtesy of Kristy Nesslein.
Theatre didn’t become part of the St. Louis Amusement chain until 1926, four years after opening.
I believe Hi-Pointe was briefly ran by Bloomer Amusement Co. In the late 70s