Brentwood Theatre

2525 S. Brentwood Boulevard,
Brentwood, MO 63119

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Komm Theaters, Mid-America Cinema Corp.

Functions: Office Space

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Brentwood Theatre

Located in Brentwood, to the west of St. Louis, MO. The Brentwood Theatre opened on March 14, 1942. It was a well-run theatre located in an affluent neighborhood on a commercial strip. It went through some problems during its tenure as a motion picture theatre. There were bomb threats in 1965 and 1972 causing evacuation. There was a bungled burglary in 1968 (netting $11), whereby the bandits were caught when they dropped tire irons while hiding and the police apprehended then.

Billie Lasker (a smut-fighting grandma) led a march to the local prosecutor’s office in 1972, in protest to the theater’s showing of “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask” starring Woody Allen.

The theatre had very limited parking and therefore patrons would park at neighboring areas and a problem was created again as the theatre patrons returned to their cars to be greeted by a parking ticket.

The Brentwood Theatre was always a very well maintained and well-run theatre while in the ownership of Mid America Theatres. It ran mostly first-run features and art films.

When AMC opened their four-screen down the road, in the Galleria Mall, the Brentwood Theatre was closed.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 11, 2006 at 8:16 am

As of 2002, the building was occupied by H&R Block.

kencmcintyre on July 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

This is a small photo of the H&R Block building, however, the address is 2525.

JAlex on June 7, 2009 at 8:59 am

For its first 24 years of operation, the Brentwood was a typical neighborhood house. In 1965, when Mid-America Theatres was beginning its expansion, the Brentwood was remodeled (design by Martin Bloom and Associates) and reopened with the 2nd-run of “My Fair Lady” that December. The first exclusive first-run engagement at the Brentwood followed in April with “A Thousand Clowns.” Long runs were the norm at the Brentwood with “Midnight Cowboy” running 35 weeks; a hardticket engagement of “The Lion in Winter” running 34. Management changed to RKO Mid-America in 1984, then AMC in 1985. Not fitting AMC’s multi-screen pattern, they closed the theatre in July 1986 saying the Brentwood was “old and inefficient.” The theatre reopened as an indie (with $1.50 admission)briefly, from August to October that year. The final film shown was “Legal Eagles.”

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 11, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Never went to this theater…but it’s interesting how the black banner were used at this theater. Exaclty the same as the banners on the Fine Arts (Beverly) Theater. The picture of the Brentwood makes it clear this was still the case when RKO-MidAmerica, rather than just MidAmerica, ran the theater. Did other Mid-America theaters have the black banners? Like the Esquire or the Crestwood, for example? Don’t believe the Village Square ever had those…

TLSLOEWS on March 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Nice looking theatre.

TheWiz on July 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I remember in 1973, the Exorcist ran at the Brentwood and the Ellisville, for quite some time. I was an usher at the Ellisville at the time, and was ask to “Help” at the Brentwood by directing traffic in the parking lot… it got crazy on the weekends. It was cold!

rivest266 on February 23, 2016 at 3:01 pm

March 13th, 1942 grand opening ad in photo section.

DavidZornig on February 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

1947 photo added courtesy of Eileen Prunty Bax.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 11, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Here is an item from the July 3, 1941 issue of The Film Daily about the Brentwood Theatre:

“Construction is going rapidly along on the new 700-seat theater being erected on Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood, Mo. The Stamm Construction Co. of St. Louis are the general contractors. The house will be ready by Dec. 1. It is the first theater to locate in Brentwood.”

MSC77 on December 26, 2023 at 8:41 am

Fifty years ago today THE EXORCIST opened here. Brentwood was among only two-dozen cinemas in twenty-one North American markets to play the film at release launch.

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