Diemer Theatre

339 E. Commercial Street,
Springfield, MO 65803

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1910 Sanborn Map courtesy Richard Crabtree.

The Diemer Theatre opened on March 13, 1905 with “The Little Torrent” a ‘live’ play. In February 1916 it screened a movie, but was mainly a live theatre, which closed in 1917. It became a live event venue until 1920.

It then became a laundry and later a bank. It was demolished in 1972.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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dallasmovietheaters on November 5, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Dr. Diemer’s Theatre launched March 13, 1905 with the live play, “The Little Torrent.” The theatre operator had carved out a space in the Mercantile Building. There was a direct entrance to the theatre from the nearby bridge. Pearl White worked in the box office before becoming a player for the Diemer Theater Company. She went to Hollywood and became a popular serial actress including “The Perils of Pauline” and “The Exploits of Elaine.”

The Diemer played a motion picture in February of 1916 though mainly used as a live stage play venue. The Diemer Theatre stopped live plays in 1917 and was used as a live event venue until 1920. The location became Prescott’s Laundry and then a bank in 1941. The direct entry from the bridge was removed in 1954. The entire building was torn down in 1972.

I don’t, however, see any evidence that it was ever a nickelodeon.

DavidZornig on October 17, 2021 at 1:03 pm

Address was 339 E. Commercial Street. Down the street from the later Princess/Four Star/Kickapoo Theatre, which still appears as Livery & Feed in the 1910 Sanborn Map added.

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