Thursday, October 01, 2009

Businesses I'd Like to Have Downtown: A Movie Theater


It doesn't have to be a 20-screen megaplex or anything, just a nice 1-4 screen theater, maybe something along the lines of the theater at the Chase Park Plaza, which is operated by St. Louis Cinemas.

A mix of independent and high-quality studio films would be ideal, and the opportunity to buy a bottle of beer or a glass of wine would be a nice touch as well.

Downtown has now gone years without a movie theater - the most recent movie theater was at Union Station and there once was one in one of the Kiener Plaza garages. These theaters failed because they tried to compete with the suburban cinemas, when an art house theater may have been more appropriate.

Before Pyramid went out of business, there was talk of adding a small movie theater to the Jefferson Arms, which would be a great spot. It would be great to see a local operator like St. Louis Cinemas step up and fill the void downtown.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'd still like a Weherenberg megaplex, showing the big films to compliment a smaller more intimate indie-skewed cinema. I really like the use Tivoli makes of their screens, showing cult films and older films as well.

Would a megaplex fail again in competing with suburban cinemas? How and why?

Anonymous said...

The Dorsa, right between Mizu and Mosaic would also be a great spot for a small movie theater.

Michael R. Allen said...

The old United Railways power house at 1711 Locust would make a great two-screen theater. Also, there was once the idea of building a new theater addition to the Dorsa Building and using the existing stylized Moderne Dorsa show room space as the theater lobby.

Brian said...

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I like the power house idea, Michael. Its nice, high ceilings could make for a good screening room.

Anonymous said...

STL cinemas would be perfect. They play both big time movies and more artsy fartsy stuff. If you've ever been to the midnight showing at the moolah, you'll know that their owners are dedicated to trying new, cool stuff too. (porno previews anyone? haha) Anyway send them an email, http://chase.stlouiscinemas.com/contactus.cfm and lets get a cool movie theater downtown!

Anonymous said...

I keep hoping Webster will bolster their downtown presence by showing some of their terrific film series at a downtown venue (preferably the Orpheum-it certainly doesn't seem to be used very often!).

Jennifer said...

I like small theaters. I especially like them when they serve beer. I wish Schlafly would open a mini-brew cinehouse downtown.

Mark Groth said...

I'd like to be able to keep all my movie money in the city. Right now, the Moolah, Hi-Pointe and Chase are all great options for adult indie and higher standard pics; but I'd like to see a tastefully done 5 screen theatre that shows the "top 10" latest released type movies. A place where I can take the kids to see the new cartoon movie without having to go to Ronnies. Couldn't the Robert's Orpheum show art house movies?