Arco Theatre

4207-11 Manchester Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63110

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Previously operated by: Famous Players

Firms: Duggan & Huff

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Arco Theatre

The Arco Theatre was opened in around June 1911 and was one of three theatres within walking distance of each other. It was all on one floor with a long rectangular building. Had a very small lobby with the ticket booth right inside the front doors. Nothing pretty about the theatre just served its purpose as a neighborhood movie theatre.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex on May 7, 2004 at 4:06 pm

Arco opened in 1911, one of the theatres of O. T. Crawford.

Architect of record was the firm of Duggan & Huff.

Theatre taken over by Famous Players-Missouri, then the Koplar syndicate, and finally St. Louis Amusement Co.

Theatre closed when the Manchester Theatre, just out the street, opened.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

News of the Arco Theatre from Motography, April, 1911:

“Messrs. Duggan and Huff have prepared plans for a theater to be erected at the northwest corner of Manchester and Arco avenues, St. Louis, by the Magnet Amusement Company, which will cost $65,000. It will be the first moving picture house in that section of the city. The building will be of brick, steel and concrete, making it entirely fireproof. The front is to be of gray brick, with white glazed terra cotta trimmings and a copper roof. It is to have a stage 35 feet wide and 25 feet deep, and will have a seating capacity of 2,200. It will be completed about June 1. Moving pictures and vaudeville will be presented and the managers are considering the organization of a stock company. The combination of pictures with stock will be something new in amusement in St. Louis.”

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on July 30, 2022 at 2:21 am

Parking lot at the present.

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