Last used as the headquarters of the St. Louis health department, the old Missouri Theater Building is now being rehabbed into a blues club and apartments. It’s the last major building in Grand Center to be redeveloped, and will certainly… Continue Reading
Hiding in plain sight for decades while shuttered, one would be wise to simply walk down and gaze upon this mighty edifice. It should be forgotten no longer, its clumsy wedding to the new Savvis Center notwithstanding.
I never really realized it, but the Majestic Theater in East St. Louis is one of the most amazing buildings in the entire metropolitan area. I hope help comes before it is demolished. The first floor shop is still open.… Continue Reading
There’s more to San Antonio than the Spanish heritage, though I personally think that period of time is the most poignant. San Antonio ironically was a relatively small city for most of its history, only growing to a million inhabitants… Continue Reading
I think most people realize that the single screen neighborhood movie theater was the norm through most of cinema’s history. Small independent theaters such as the Melvin served neighborhoods such as Dutchtown along Chippewa Avenue. It was open, depending on… Continue Reading
Commercial Avenue is really where Cairo’s history turns dark and tragic. The desolation that dominates the lower east side of the peninsula shows in the photo above. Though several blocks away, I could capture a clear shot of the remaining… Continue Reading
On a sunny Saturday, I was standing across the from the Cinderella Building and rediscovered its amazing terracotta decorations. Update: Major renovations have restored much of the terracotta detail.
Downtown Belleville shows the signs of a central business district that never hit the skids; it is well-occupied, and with numerous slip-covers from the 1950’s and 60’s, it shows that owners updated their buildings frequently over the years. The… Continue Reading
Tucked on the side of a now vacant building on Cherokee that was once an outdoor movie theater, one can see how the sidewalk still slopes down to what was presumably the movie screen. Very few remnants of outdoor theaters,… Continue Reading
The old Princess Theater, formerly the Pestalozzi, was in the news, ahem, recently, which caused me to find out about this old cinema near my house on Pestalozzi Avenue. At some point the pretty, if modest front was either removed… Continue Reading