Central City Cinema

10789 Old Halls Ferry Road,
St. Louis, MO 63136

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rivest266 on February 28, 2016 at 9:18 am

June 2nd, 1972 grand opening ad in photo section

Darren_Snow on June 12, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I have something to add to JAlex’s post: The Post-Dispatch once reported that the Jerry Lewis chain was planning to build a cinema in the St. Louis suburb of Overland; it was never constructed. The three Jerries that came to fruition in this market were the one on this page, the one that became the Bridgeton/Bridgewood, and one on Bellefontaine Road that survived longer than the others as a link in a small chain (People’s, maybe? My research notes are in storage.)

Kerry Manderbach
Kerry Manderbach on February 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I think this ended up being a dollar show in the 90’s… I’m pretty sure I took my kids here to see “Mousehunt”…

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Passed this place a million times. Never saw a movie inside.

JAlex on May 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

And, apparently, in many other markets. A comment for the JL in Canton, CT says he was sued in 1973 by franchise holders…who won the case.

An article in the Post-Dispatch in February 1974 said 10 franchises had been sold in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois…and that the Jerry Lewis moniker was no longer being used. The article further stated 2 were closed—Bridgeton and Lake of the Ozarks; 5 were operating under different names; and 3 were never built…in Highland, Ill., Mt. Vernon, Ill. and South St. Louis County.

And, one wonders if the eventual Mid-America and Wehrenberg connection in St. Louis was possibly just as bookers.

And, a correction to my comment of 10:26 this morning: the last name of the Central City manager was Gowan, not Cowan.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on May 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

It also means that Jerry Lewis Cinemas bailed on St. Louis after barely a year in business.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on May 27, 2011 at 11:14 am

I’ll make this even more confusing…Central City eventually went to Wehrenberg, and the Bridgeton Cinema, if memory servers, went to Mid-America, who changed its name to the Bridgewood…OK, I need to get out of the house now :)

JAlex on May 27, 2011 at 10:26 am

Not helping the confusion was an item in the Box Office magazine issue of 5/14/73 which read:

“Edward B. Arthur, of Arthur Enterprises, has announced that effective 5/4, the Central City Cinema and the Bridgeton Cinema 1 & 2, became part of the Arthur Management Circuit.
\"Central City will remain under the locl management of Les Cowan and the Bridgeton 1 & 2 under David and J. R. Robb.”

JAlex on May 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

Kyle’s recollection is correct. Wehrenberg operated the venue from December 1975 to October 1976. This after Arthur operated from May 1973 to December 1975.

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on May 26, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’m almost certain Wehrenberg Theaters ran this place for a while in the 70s, as I remember a Central City Cine in their newspaper listings for a brief period of time.

Anyway, here’s a link to the church’s website: http://catcchurch.org/Home_Page.html
If you go to the site, there’s music playing on every page, so be ready to turn your volume down. But if you look at pictures you can tell that their auditorium still looks very much like a movie theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Jerry Lewis Explains his Cinemas downfall on Jerry LEWIS CINEMAS,Canton.Ct.

JAlex on August 19, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Venue closed in May 1979. In its final months specialized in X-rated product.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on June 27, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Another St. Louis area theatre that I’ve driven past a zillion times but never gone inside.

JAlex on February 24, 2008 at 9:43 pm

This was one of three Jerry Lewis cinemas that operated in the St. Louis market. Venue opened in May 1972 and was later known as the Central City.