St. Ann Cinema
10441 St. Charles Rock Road,
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Previously operated by: Wehrenberg Theatres
Firms: Erwin Knoesel & Associates
Functions: Community Center
The St. Ann Cinema opened on October 20, 1967, by the Arthur Theatre chain and seated 1,006. It was across the plaza shopping center from the Arthur St. Ann 4-Screen Drive In. It was a free standing building with parking on all four sides. It was in the valley behind the shopping plaza so it was unseen from the Rock Road. The only thing visible from the road was the large roadside sign.
The large auditorium was lined with a dark green drapery material with a cascading curtain over the screen that was opened and closed before each movie. The seats were a deep and very comfortable with a lighter green in color to match the draperies. There was no special lighting in the auditorium just flood lights recessed in the ceiling that dimmed when the feature presentation started.
The large lobby had plenty of holding space for patrons. The lobby had to fairly large chandeliers with an untra modern motif design. The concession was located in the middle between the two doors that led into the auditorium that was set up for four concession stations.
The St. Ann Cinema being a large single screen theatre had no takers when the Arthurs were selling off properties prior to their bankruptcy. It was closed in September 1980. The St. Ann was later sold to the City of St. Ann and later became a senior citizens center.
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