Longwood Theatre

9415 South Broadway,
St. Louis, MO 63125

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Architects: A.F. Stauder, Arthur Stauder

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Longwood Theatre

The Longwood Theatre was a Komm Theatre that opened in 1927 seating 781 on one floor. Located just three blocks north of the more elaborate Southway but still had a large patron base from the densely populated German neighborhood. The Longwood has a rather small lobby but the theatre was long and narrow. Typical of all Komm theatre the lobby had his terrazzo floors with the Komm Theatre Emblem in the middle of the lobby floor.

There was an ice cream parlor next door to the theatre and a doorway from the lobby into the parlor, but you were not allowed to take the ice cream into the theatre auditorium. This was one of the few theatres that Mr. Komm lined all the auditorium walls with draperies. No wall decor just the draperies.

The Longwood went to week ends only in 1957 and closed for good in 1962 and was demolished in 1963.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex on March 17, 2005 at 3:00 am

There were two theatres named Longwood in the 9400 block of South Broadway.

The first, with 400 seats, closed in July 1938. This located at 9409 S. Broadway.

The second, with just short of 700 seats, opened a few days later on July 22, 1938. The location was 9415 S. Broadway. The architects of record were A.F. and Arthur Standler. For nearly a year in 1938/39, theatre was part of the short-lived chain of neighborhood theatres of Harry Greenman.

Darren_Snow on June 13, 2013 at 1:41 am

I’ll bet the architects were actually A.F. and Arthur Stauder, a team of brothers who were pretty active in the area.

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