Showboat Theatre

219 E. 4th Street,
Hermann, MO 65041

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Functions: Live Performances, Movies (Classic)

Previous Names: Hermo Theatre

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Hermann is located deep in the Wine Country of Missouri. The Hermo Theatre was opened on January 26, 1935 With William Haines in “Younge and Beautiful”. It had seating for 400. It was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres Corp. on January 2, 1939. It was closed on May 31, 1961. New owners, Williams Theatres chain, took over and it reopened on September 8, 1961. In 1972 it was renamed Showboat Theatre. It has been restored and used for live performances and classic movies. It is located two blocks off Highway 19 on East 4th Street.

The building is done in a cream color with black trim. Swag curtains adorn the windows of the first floor in keeping with the small town warm and friendly atmosphere. It is still a gem of a theatre.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Trolleyguy on August 6, 2016 at 8:08 am

No website. Showtimes are listed on their Facebook page.

Functions should also include: Movies (classic)

Currently raising funds for a digital projector.

dreweaglescout2017 on December 30, 2023 at 4:41 pm

Address is now 112 E 4th Street

50sSNIPES on February 8, 2024 at 1:15 pm

The husband-and-wife team of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Bassmann opened the Hermo Theatre’s doors on January 26, 1935 with William Haines in “Young And Beautiful” along with the Happy Harmonies cartoon “The Discontented Canary” and the Vitaphone technicolor short “Show Kids”.

On May 31, 1961, the Hermo Theatre closed its doors for three months due to lack of management. With a surprising note, the Williams Theatres chain would later reopen the Hermo Theatre on September 8, 1961. The Hermo Theatre was renamed the Showboat Theatre in 1972 retaining its first-run policy.

The Showboat Theatre closed as a first-run movie house in the early-1980s, and reopened a short time later as a special events theater which also housed live performances and classic movies.

50sSNIPES on February 13, 2024 at 3:43 pm

On January 2, 1939, Commonwealth Theatres took over the Hermo Theatre.

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