Thursday, April 14, 2011

Downtown to Get Upscale Movie Theater


Since the closing of the Union Station Cinema in 2003, one amenity that downtown St. Louis has been lacking is a movie theater.  That's about to change, as Harman Moseley has announced plans to operate an upscale, three-screen cinema on the second floor of the former St. Louis Centre - now known as the Mercantile Exchange building.

The new theater will show art house ("prestige") films and feature a 21-and-over admission policy, along with leather couches and a full bar and basement.  If it's anything like Moseley's Moolah Cinema in midtown, it should be amazing.  Taking a high-end approach is probably a wise move for this market.  Moseley's theater in the Chase Park Plaza offers complimentary parking, so I'm curious to see if free parking will be made available to theatergoers in the Mercantile Exchange garage.

9 comments:

Vanishing STL said...

Offering free parking in the garage would seem to make a lot of sense at least for evening shows, since the MX garage was built for Thompson Coburn and for tenants in 600 Washington (One City Centre), and the office workers will typically be gone after 5:00.

Cook rendering... except for those lame directional signs. Those things look like a bad 2010 version of the blue and green signs that used to direct people to St. Louis Centre.

J. Swoboda said...

The garage is owned by the State of Missouri, but the developer will be working out free parking for all visitors to the whole MX district.

Anonymous said...

Any idea of what else is moving into the MX besides the movie theatre and PI?

Matt Kastner said...

With the residential component to the building, I hope they don't have a muted soundsystem like the Moolah. Don't get me wrong, i like the Moolah, but when I drop $10+ on a movie ticket, I want to feel the movie. Always figured this ahd something to do with the apartments in the building.

Annette Vaillancourt, Ph.D. said...

I am so glad to hear that there's a new art house theater coming to the city. Even though I live and work in West County, I'll drive it for good films!

Ford St Louis said...

Prime location for a movie theater in Downtonw St Louis. Art house movies are fun but once in a while I want to see a Blockbuster like Transformers. Perhaps they can play a mix of both?

Anonymous said...

small 3 screen, upscale?...i want huge screens, IMAX, 3D, DBOX, blockbusters. something that gives me something exciting to do downtown.

Atlanta Realestate said...

This theater sounds like a great project for the St. Louis Centre. It will surely benefit residents, as well as visitors, of St. Louis. Just wish we could get something like that for Atlanta, now.

Anonymous said...

Im very excited to go to the movie theater down town iam movie goer, absolutely love going to the movies, And great since i live downtown.