Wild Carrot at Shaw Theatre
3901 Shaw Boulevard,
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Wild Carrot at Shaw Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc.
Firms: Kennerly & Steigemeyer
Functions: Movies (Independent), Special Events
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Shaw Theatre
The Shaw Theatre opened in 1915 as part of the Arthur Enterprises Inc. chain (Fanchon & Marco) and seated 1,140. Located in the Shaw neighborhood just four blocks from the Botanical Gardens. A single floor theatre with and plain front. Rather large lobby for a small neighborhood theatre.
Located right on the corner of Shaw Avenue and S. 39th Street in the middle of the neighborhood shopping center it was rather unique in that it was built up from the street level and you had to climb about five steps to get to the entrance level. The marquee was made to stretch around the corner so that one side was on S. 39th Street and the other on Shaw Avenue. The theatre gave way to television in 1957 and was converted to a drug store and then as a supermarket.
It was being restored in January to become a Special Events place named Wild Carrot which opened in March 2018.
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I remember my parents taking me to the Shaw Theatre when I was a kid. Around 1951 through 1955-ish. In fact I remember my mother throwing me over her shoulder and walking home with me at night. Down to Blaine Avenue. 4100 ish. Wouldn’t drive through the neighborhood now. As I can recall the theater was built all the way up to the sidewalk. There was just a brick wall all along 39th St. Per the photo, it looks as though the theater has been razed? Although the open space doesn’t make sense. Not enough room and the existing retail couldn’t have faced 39th St. when the theater was there.
Weekend: what neighborhood would you not drive through now?
The entire building is still standing, it is now the Salama Supermarket.
As a typical neighborhood house the theatre closed July 5, 1956 with “Carousel.” However, the theatre reopened in May of 1957 with a policy of German-language films. The last noting of this policy was in March 1960.
I lived across the street from the Shaw Theatre from 1943 to 1958 we only moved because I my folks had another baby and 3 rooms were to small. Big move down to 41 hundred Shaw. To be honest I don’t remember it being built out to the sidewalk, it had more room from the bottom of the steps to the street. There was also a newsstand where a boy sold papers everyday on the corner of 39th and Shaw. the show was open every night with 2 double features, news reel and a couple of cartoons, Saturday afternoon was a children’s matinee. Usually had a guest on stage a yo yo person or something of that nature. Cartoons, then the cliff hanger and then the movie. Sunday the movies changed and was open all day. It was a wonderful show where the usher wore a uniform and actually walked up and down to check on things. My cousin at the time sold popcorn and candy there for a few years.. I agree with Chris it is the same building today just without the walk up steps. It was a magical place living across the street from it was the best because on a hot summer night it had an air conditioner our flat didn’t..
Theatre was built by Meyer Brothers and Pracht who were operating the Knickerbocker Theatre at the time.
This theatre is presently under restoration as an events space called “Wild Carrot.” It is slated to open spring of 2018. The interior appears to be a gut rehab, assuming there was anything left, but it will once again be a theatre of sorts.
Their website is below.
Wild carrot, odd name!!
It is indeed an odd name, but it’s a neighborhood of small groceries, and garden stores. And a quite large and old botanical garden and an even larger walking park whose mutual founder gave the street (and half of everything nearby) its name. It’s a very planty neighborhood, by any measure. And increasingly hip in a sort of granola way. Nice place, actually. And coming up.
In the renderings it still shows the Shaw name on the marquee, but the website is Wild Carrot. I’m not quite sure what to think, but I’m glad to see what they’re doing by any name. I wish I knew what it had looked like when it was a movie house. At 1140 and with a two story lobby it would have been just big enough to be potentially interesting. Odds are against it, but you never know. Anyway, I wish them luck.
Per their website it is now open as an event space. As of 6/21/2018 there are shows on the schedule including a small independent movie. The website says Wild Carrot in small print, but the marquee still very much says Shaw. By any name, I’m glad to see it open and I hope it thrives.