AMC Esquire 7

6706 Clayton Road,
Richmond Heights, MO 63117

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Additional Info

Operated by: AMC Theatres

Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Esquire Theater

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 314.781.3300

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Esquire at night 4

Located in Richmond Heights to the west of St. Louis, MO. Opened on November 8, 1939 with 2,202 seats, this vintage Art Deco style theater was renovated into a seven screen multiplex. Retains vintage charm including an exterior ticket booth, which was later removed. It was closed for renovation in May 2014 and reopened October 17, 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 52 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 17, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Seating capacity of the Esquire has been drastically reduced by the renovation. Photo captions in the article JAlex linked to says that the big, main screen auditorium now has 270 seats, there are four auditoriums with 100 seats each, and a screening room with 63 seats. The capacity of the seventh auditorium is not given, but as it has to be less than 270 the total capacity of the house now must be less than 1,000, and less than 900 if the seventh auditorium is small enough.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Wow. The room where I saw Jedi, Superman II, and Die Hard in 70MM is now only 270 seats. Just…wow!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 18, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Exhibitors have gotten themselves into a situation where they have to re-seat their theaters with bigger seats because they’ve made their customers' butts enormous by peddling those giant tubs of greased popcorn.

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on October 19, 2014 at 2:34 am

Joe: The 2 upstairs screening rooms are 63 seats according to the article.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

That would make a total of 796 seats for the whole complex. That’s quite a drop from 2,202.

oceantracks
oceantracks on November 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Does anyone have the dates “The Exorcist” played at this theater?

Thx
Tom

rivest266
rivest266 on February 22, 2016 at 3:50 pm

November 8, 1939 grand opening ad in photo section. It was the Theatre of Tomorrow.

Oceantracks, The Exorcist played at the Brentwood, not the Esquire on its opening. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/4398979/the_exorcist/

rivest266
rivest266 on February 28, 2016 at 5:33 am

February 4th, 1970 grand opening ad as a 3-plex also in photo section

Chris Utley
Chris Utley on December 20, 2022 at 10:23 am

Made it back here for the first time in 20 years during Thanksgiving 2022. It was an immense joy to be back in the theatre that helped to spark my lifetime love for cinema.

The decreases in seating capacity actually help to enhance the film experience here. They’ve brought the box office indoors which leads to a super cramped lobby and concession area. But the presentation was excellent. And I love what they’ve done to the original auditorium. Also interspersed throughout the theater are photos commemorating its various incarnations - as original single screen house, to the old #4 addition in the mid 1970’s and beyond.

Huge photo dump added! Enjoy!

Kyle Muldrow
Kyle Muldrow on December 20, 2022 at 10:52 am

@Chris Utley: That is so awesome!!! I only went to the Esquire once in 1990 when “Fantasia” was re-released into theaters. Lots of memories of that area, though. For me, it was the Science and Natural History museum in Oak Knoll Park, with the big statues of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops! The Esquire was just down the street from there. So glad the Esquire is still open! Great seeing your post and your photos!

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