4247 Manchester Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Arthur Enterprises Inc.
Architects: E. Price Porter
The Manchester Theatre opened on January 2, 1922 as part of the St. Louis Amusement chain. It seated 792. Built in a small shopping area on Manchester Avenue just west of Vandeventer, this one of the better neighborhood houses. The entrance was on Manchester Avenue but the theatre itself was on the street just north. The two streets came to a point at Vandeventer.
When you entered the theatre you were in a lobby that had the concession stand and the walls were lined with poster cases of coming attractions both at the Manchester Theatre and what was showing and coming to the Maplewood Theatre. From there you went into another lobby behind the auditorium itself. There were thress aisles that led into the auditorium. The auditorium walls were covered with a damask material with scone lights about every ten feet. The Manchester Theatre had a small stage with curtains that were on a traverse that were opened at the beginning of each show.
When the area around the theatre started to decline, the theatre went to weekend only operations and continued with this program until April 1964 when it closed. It was demolished in 1969.
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