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 and replaced in what looks to be the 1970’s; it certainly qualifies as a Bad Mansard. But what is truly fascinating is the strange little tower I’ve always wondered about in the yard next door; it turns out it was the projector room for the “airdome” theater, which as far as I can tell was an open air theater back in the day. Apparently such a tower is extremely rare nowadays, and may be the only one left in the city. How interesting, and I wonder about its future. While the screen does not survive here, the former Queens Theater does still feature what is perhaps the last surviving one in St. Louis.