Normandy Theatre

7324 Natural Bridge Road,
St. Louis, MO 63121

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Previously operated by: Wehrenberg Theatres

Architects: Harris Armstrong

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Normandy Theatre

The Normandy Theatre was opened February 17, 1937 and began to be leased by Wehrenberg two years later. It was located in the St. Louis district of Pine Lawn. A single story theatre but little competition in the area. Very plain theatre by the Wehrenberg standards and small seating only 582. The nearest competition was when the Thunderbird Drive-In was built in 1949.

Television and changing neighborhood eventually doomed the Normandy Theatre and it closed in 1951. It was later guttted and remodeled into a doctor’s office.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

JAlex on April 3, 2005 at 10:06 pm

Years of operation were 1937 to 1951.

Wehrenberg leased the theatre in 1939.

Architect was Harris Armstrong.

remiss63 on July 28, 2005 at 3:55 pm

do you know of anyone with a photograph, drawing or article about this movie theater? i’m writing a book about saint louis architect harris armstrong and have not been able to find any document referencing it.

remiss63 on September 20, 2006 at 4:25 pm

I’ve found some newpaper clippings related to this theatre as well as a drawing for an earlier design. The undated newspaper clipping announces the opening of the theatre. From the typography, it appears to be from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat which published other articles about Armstrong’s buildings from time to time.

This clipping includes the architect’s rendering of the theatre shown lit up at night-time with many people walking toward the marquee. A tall Art Deco inspired tower design includes a vertical sign that reads NORMANDY in all capital letters.

The text below the image reads as follows: “Movie theatre of modernistic design to be opened Wednesday at Normandy, St. Louis County. It has a seating capacity of 700. Architect, Harris Armstrong. Henry Thiebes & Sons, builders.”

Andrew Raimist

rivest266 on February 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm

February 17th, 1937 grand opening ad with picture in photo section.

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