Maffitt Theatre

2812 Vandeventer Avenue,
St. Louis, MO 63107

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Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc.

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Maffitt Theatre

The Maffitt Theatre was built by Fanchon & Marco and later taken over by the Arthur Enterprises Inc. as was all the F & M Theatres. Located on the corner of Vandeventer Avenue and Maffitt Avenue, with the box office and entrance doors facing the corner of the street. The Maffitt Theatre opened in 1929 and seated 955.

A small lobby with the concession stand located in the middle of the west wall, with a nice terazzo floor in the lobby. There were three aisles that led into the theatre, two side aisles and one center. The Maffitt Theatre was a single floor theatre with no outstanding features inside the auditorium.

The theatre closed in 1956 and was gutted and became a National Food Store. The building was a local grocer for a while, but was demolished prior to 2007.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex on June 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm

The theatre opened in January 1918 with 1280 seats, an operation of the Consolidated Theatre Company. The theatre soon was operated by Famous Players-Missouri, then City Wide Amusement, and St. Louis Amusement beginning in 1921. In 1941, the house was stripped to the walls and the new design, by Leo Abrams, opened in August with 956 seats. Union difficulties closed the theatre in three weeks, and two months later the theatre was destroyed in a fire of mysterious origin. The theatre reopened in 1943 and ceased operation in June 1953.

SethG on April 15, 2016 at 12:33 pm

Should be listed as demolished. Even in 2007, streetview shows a park there.

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