2631 S. Jefferson Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc.
Firms: Duggan & Huff
Styles: Streamline Moderne
The Gravois Theatre was built in 1910 and opened on February 11, 1911 by O.T. Crawford. This neighborhood house was located at the busy intersection of S. Jefferson Avenue and Gravois Avenue.
The Gravois Theatre seated a total of 1,100 on the main level and in the balcony. The Gravois Theatre had a huge slope to the balcony so the front of the theatre was almost four stories high with a large vertical sign on the front of the theatre. The marquee was rather small in comparison with only two lines to announce what was showing. The front of the theatre was lined in a soft beige square panels about 2 feet by 2 feet with green panels down the middle of the front.
In the main auditorium the seating was a combination of old and new seating. Half way down the auditorium the padded seating ended and you had woooden back and bottoms on the seats. On each side of the balcony a large column ran down each side of the auditorium with a ornamental light fixture running from about two foot from the ceiling to about 8 feet from the floor. It featured different colors lights in the fixture and when the movie started the fixture would dim to a soft yellow light.
The Gravois Theatre closed on January 2, 1972 with a triple Edgar Allen Poe/Roger Corman program:“The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” & “Pit and the Pendulum” and was demolished to make way for a fast food restaurant.
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