Varsity Theater

6610 Delmar Boulevard,
St. Louis, MO 63130

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butchieboy on September 11, 2011 at 5:30 am

Remember seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show on its initial release, with four other people in the audience, then another score of times at the midnight shows c. 1977-1978

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Chris Utley on July 18, 2011 at 1:38 am

Nice 70’s marquee shot. I’d kill to see an “Andy Warhol’s FRANKENSTEIN 3D” marquee shot!

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Chris Utley on February 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Are there any pictures of the Varsity’s interior lurking around?

benji55545 on July 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

A picture of the Varsity including the marquee can be found at View link

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Chris Utley on May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

The only thing missing from that beautiful picture are side shots of the marquee (where the titles of the films showing that week were placed).

plasticfootball on March 13, 2008 at 5:05 pm

PharMor simply remodeled the old Varsity Theater; they didn’t replace the building—though they might as well have. I worked at Vintage Vinyl for a while and always wished that the drugstore had never intervened; the record store would have had a much cooler vibe if it had been converted directly from movie-theater use. PharMor totally gutted the place.

jackhicko on July 4, 2007 at 10:21 am

The above photo link does not go to a picture of Vintage Vinyl OR to the Varsity.

frankjcorley on March 4, 2007 at 3:45 pm

I thought the Varsity had been torn down in the 1980’s, and that on its site a new building, originally a drugstore—like PharMor or something—had been built. The way I remember it, that store went out of business and Vintage Vinyl is operating in that building, not the old theatre.

JAlex on April 8, 2005 at 7:10 am

The Varsity opened on Dec. 5, 1935 and was originally operated by the Ansell Brothers, who also operated the Ritz and Empress Theatres.

The architect was Bruce F. Barnes.

The facility was a conversion of a l-story automobile repair garage.

jackhicko on February 20, 2005 at 1:31 am

I had a record store called Wuxtry just down the street (later bought by Vintage Vinyl). We closede at midnight on the weekends and it was always good to be able to go to a late show at the Varsity or maybe the Tivoli. The Varsity was the only theater in town with the silver screen necessary to project 3-D movies. Because of this, I finally got to see “The Bubble” in 3-D, which my parents wouldn’t let me see as a kid. They also had two 3-D “Three Stooges” films. The above-mentioned “Frankenstein” in 3-D at the Varsity was probably the greatest cinema experience of my life (until 3-D Imax).

billrice on October 4, 2004 at 11:33 pm

Does anyone know what happened to Pete and Nancy Piccione that ran the Varsity Theatre for a number of years. I was involved in independent as well as major distribution and I moved around and lost track of them. Any information would be appreciated——Thanks
Bill Rice

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Chris Utley on May 11, 2004 at 7:30 pm

This theatre will forever be etched in my memory as a cool place to visit. Very popular with the Washington University college crowd, it featured a few avant-garde type flicks mixed in with mainstream Hollywood fare. I remember them showing double features all the time during the 70’s. It’s 3 biggest claims to St. Louis fame are their yearly “Three Stooges” marathons, the ever popular midnight Rocky Horror Picture Show (they showed the trailer with every film that they showed!), and the even more notorious yearly run of “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein” (X Rated and in 3-D!!!).