Sun Theater, Released from Its Sign

The sign on the Sun Theater was never really historic or part of the building originally, so it’s been removed, and now for the first time in at least a long time, you can now see what the facade was supposed to look like, minus the cement mixer. Progress is coming along nicely.

Sun Theater, Interior

Not much to say about the interior of the Sun Theater other than it will be stunning when renovated; it is currently in a state of rehabilitative demolition. The pictures speak for themselves as it looks like a normal theater interior inside. Special thanks to the Lawrence Group for allowing visitors to see the interior….

Sun Theater Exterior, Revisited

Update: The sign was removed and the theater was renovated by the Lawrence Group. I recently had the opportunity to go on a public tour of the long-suffering Sun Theater in Grand Center. I looked at the exterior several years ago, and it was fun to come back. The sign, by the way, is coming…

KPLR 11, Back of Sun Theater

Update: The theater was beautifully renovated in 2014 by the Lawrence Group. I never noticed before, but the back of the Sun Theater features the logo of KPLR.

Sun Theater

Update: The theater was renovated in 2013-2014 into the performing arts space for a nearby charter school. Grand Center has pretty much renovated the major institutions of the neighborhood, with the exception of the Sun Theater. It sits empty, with two trees and various vegetation sprouting from its roof. Read more about the theater here…

Old Carter Carburetor Offices and Pythias Hall

I’ve looked at the old Carter Carburetor Plant on North Grand Boulevard before many times in the past, and it has been demolished and remediated for PCBs. But the office building for the company was located in the heart of Grand Center. Originally intended to be a skyscraper in 1925, only the first two stories…

Grand Center–of Nowhere

Update: The Sun Theater has been renovated as part of the Grand Center Arts Academy, while the Missouri Theater was renovated into the Angad Arts Hotel. I recently traveled down to the Grand Center area to see the street festival. I have rarely seen this many people in Grand Center. In fact, despite the recent…

Special Topics

There are many tags on this site that don’t fit into any of the categories neatly. They’re not neighborhoods, cities or counties. But many of them are families, famous businesses or churches, along with what I might call general interest. Here they are, organized into sub-categories. Pretty self-explanatory, these are tags that I use frequently…

Alton Cemetery

Alton Cemetery, like many Nineteenth Century cemeteries around the United States, sits on rugged topography, utilizing land that otherwise was not suitable for building houses or businesses. Of course, in Alton just about everywhere above the first couple of streets along the river are steep. For comparison with another cemetery built on rugged bluffs, see…