New Merry Widow Theatre
1539 Chouteau Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Komm Theaters
Architects: Jack Shawcross
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Merry Widow Theatre
Another single floor theatre operated by the Komm Theaters chain, seated 711, The New Merry Widow Theatre was opened March 21, 1942 with Walter Pidgeon in “How Green Was My Valley”.
The New Merry Widow Theatre had a nice lobby with terrazzo floors and a small concession stand in the southeast corner of the lobby. Three aisles into the auditorium one along each wall and one down the middle. Two small chandeliers in the auditorium. Draped walls lined the auditorium and covered the screen.
The New Merry Widow Theatre was not one of the busiest theatres for the Komm Circuit as it was right on the outskirts of downtown and a lot of industrial was around the theatre. It had to rely on the housing developments just to the south of the theatre.
The Merry Widow Theatre closed as a movie theatre May 13, 1956 and a year later became a auto repair shop. In 2020 it is owned by the local power company and is known as the Hibdon Building.
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