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 at Cinema Treasures. I’m not going to try and sort out all the different names this theater has had over the years, but it originally–like most St. Louis institutions–started out catering to the German community in the city.
Luckily the theater is in good shape structurally, and fits in nicely with Grand Center’s current hopes for the neighborhood being an arts and entertainment district. If it were an old apartment building, I would have my worries about its safety. Of course, one could wake up one day and discover it demolished in the name of “progress,” I suppose.
It’s worth checking out; the controversy about the large quantities of bird dropping left on the sidewalk has been ameliorated, so you won’t get your shoes dirty.