Peabody Show-Off

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you haven’t seen the inside of the newly-restored Peabody Opera House— formerly the Kiel— this weekend is your chance.

The building is open to the public during the Taste of St. Louis.

Developer Chris McKee says he hopes the landmark’s re-opening lights a spark on the western end of downtown St. Louis, “With the library, the Park Pacific building, the old municipal courts building, and eventually the rehab of the Soldiers Memorial, we really believe this area is getting a tremendous amount of investment and can be a catalyst for making things happen.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday night.

McKee said early reviews of the Peabody have been extremely positive, “It’s been basically 20 years since the old opera house closed. We had a soft opening Monday night with the Ken Burns event. We had 2500 people in the building and everyone was wowed by it.”

The building is open to the public from 11am-9pm Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

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  • Ed Golterman

    It is not the newly-restored Peabody Opera House. It is the restored Kiel
    Opera House, now called Peabody. What you miss: This, and not the food, is delivering record crowds for Taste of St .Louis. So, before it opens,
    it is delivering benefits. You miss what is important. In gratitude and in
    respect for the location, the Taste of St. Louis vendors should give a very
    large check to the Soldiers Memorial Foundation to repair and replace the
    brick walkways around the Memorials. Dont be just ‘takers’.

  • Ed Golterman

    Has Taste of St. Louis which enjoyed a record-sales weekend proven to be takers? Or are they takers and givers? And the number of people who went through the Opera House? Thank you.

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