Carver Theatre

1310 Dr Martin Luther King Drive,
St. Louis, MO 63106

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Architects: Jack Shawcross

Previous Names: Palace Theatre, Globe Theatre

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An independent theatre that was just on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis on what was originally named Franklin Street. The Palace Theatre was opened around February 1911. This theatre was built for African-American use only. One of the first “Negro” theatres in St.Louis it was renamed Globe Theatre in 1932.

It became the Carver Theatre in 1944 and lasted until around 1955 when the area was redeveloped. Very plain and simple in decor, just built to serve as a motion picture theatre.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 31, 2010 at 8:42 am

The February 4, 1950, issue of Boxoffice said that the Carver Theatre in St. Louis was to be remodeled. The plans were by architect Jack Shawcross.

JAlex on August 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

Originally known as the Palace Theatre, the first mention of the house I found was in February 1911 when theatre became part of the O.T. Crawford circuit…an affiliation lasting one year.

Theatre renamed Globe in 1932.

Renamed Carver in 1944. Theatre operated until late 1955. Structure demolished in early 1956.

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