St. Louis, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Moving Picture Tent
—Cherokee-Lemp Historic District —
Copying entrepreneurs across the nation, businessmen on Cherokee Street were converting commercial buildings into movie houses. On this section of Cherokee Street, now known as Antique Row, there were three places to see silent movies in 1909.
The 19th century storefronts at 1953-55 and 2131 Cherokee Street were converted into movie odeons. To meet the tremendous demand for moving pictures, a tent was constructed on the then-empty lot to your right, 2016 Cherokee, to serve as an instant theater.
After the evening meal, neighbors living in the flats and apartments surrounding Cherokee Street walked here to watch black and white, silent films starring the likes of Mary Pickford, and directed by early film-makers like D.W. Griffith.
Erected 2007 by NiNi Harris.
Location. 38° 35.563′ N, 90° 13.289′ W. Marker is in St. Louis, Missouri. Marker is on Cherokee Street east of Illinois Avenue, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2014 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis MO 63118, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. 2008 Cherokee (a few steps from this marker); At Home On Cherokee (a few steps from this marker); 1959 Cherokee (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cigar Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Life In The Fifties (about 400 feet away); Settlers' Homes (about 400 feet away); The Elusive Cemetery (about 500 feet away); The Birth of Antique Row (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Louis.
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce •
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