Melba Theatre

300 S. Main Street,
De Soto, MO 63020

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Previously operated by: Wehrenberg Theatres

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Collins Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 636.586.1900

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Melba Theatre

Opened by 1947 as the Collins Theatre. It still retained the Collins Theatre name in 1957. Later renamed Melba Theatre, it is located on S. Main Street in De Soto serving a community of about 6,000. At one time the theatre was operated by Wehrenberg Theatres of St. Louis.

After the Melba Theatre in St. Louis was closed, the marquee was moved to the Melba Theatre in De Soto, it has since been replaced with a smaller marque with Melba spelled out on each side. The exterior of the theatre is impressive with its brick artwork. The theatre is privately owned and typically clean showing first run attractions. In spring of 2013, it raised money to convert to digital projection equipment.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kschneiderstl on January 19, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Why would you put brown brick and aluminum siding on the lower half of a yellow brick art deco building?

Chris1982 on August 9, 2014 at 10:56 pm

The Melba Theatre has made the switch to digital projection.

DavidZornig on March 18, 2016 at 8:11 pm

March 2016 photo added, photo credit Dawn Wells. The actress who played “Mary Ann” on “Gilligan’s Island”.

Trolleyguy on August 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm

No website. Movie showtimes are listed on their Facebook page or by phone.

robboehm on April 29, 2022 at 8:45 pm

I have uploaded a 1947 photo of the Melba as the Collins. When did the name change?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2022 at 12:03 am

Multiple local sources say that the Collins Theatre opened in 1946. The recent reopening of the house as the Melba was noted in the December 2, 1963 issue of Boxoffice. The Wehrenberg circuit had bought the Collins in early June, and had completely renovated the house. Wehrenberg also bought the local Big Sky Drive-In as part of the same deal.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2022 at 12:11 am

Actually the sources say that the theater was “founded” in 1946, which might mean only that construction began that year.

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