Top Spots For Film Buffs In St. Louis

July 23, 2012 6:00 AM

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St. Louis may not be Hollywood, but it is filled with film buffs that enjoy the various unique venues and resources available to satisfy the most engaged film geek’s hunger. Check out these St. Louis spots to embrace your love of the movies.
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Tivoli Theatre
6350 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
(314) 995-6270

Independent film buffs have found a home at the Tivoli. Its historic building first opened in 1924 in the Delmar Loop and it now houses seven specialty shops in addition to the three-screen theatre. If the old-fashioned marquee, box-office and ornate décor of the vestibule don’t give you the feeling of old Hollywood, you will certainly be awestruck at the collection of artifacts in this movie-museum-like atmosphere. During its most recent renovation in 1995, movie memorabilia from some of moving picture’s heavyweights such as Marilyn Monroe, the Marx Brothers, “The Little Rascals” and “The Wizard of Oz” adorn the meticulously-restored building. Join the Film Club to get the inside scoop on screenings, invitations and filmmaker appearances.

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Moolah Cinema
3821 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 446-6806

Catch a flick and bowl a few frames. Relax and have a drink in the lounge. This ain’t your average multiplex. In fact, you may feel like you’re at home in your living room. Sink into the lush and plush leather couches and loveseats as lights dim and the movie starts because the theatre’s viewing room is filled with these comfortable loungers as well as full balcony and stadium seating. After the show, move to the Moolah Lanes and enjoy some bowling. The renovated 110,000-square-foot Moolah Temple on Lindell Boulevard offers a full evening of entertainment. Aspiring St. Louis filmmakers are invited to submit their work for viewing in the Mini Moolah Lounge. Winners will be selected for viewing on the big screen.

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Cinema St. Louis
3547 Olive St
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 289-4150

Cinema St. Louis is a one-stop shop for filmmakers, screen writers and movie lovers who want to experience movies and film on a variety of levels. The St. Louis International Film Festival is just one offering the cinema provides. Members can also enjoy various screenings, programs and educational opportunities. All contributions support the mission of advancing film as an art and promote cultural diversity by bringing works to local screens that wouldn’t normally be seen in St. Louis. Past honorees of the festival include Kevin Kline and Marsha Mason. Throughout the year, St. Louisans can also enjoy the Filmmakers Showcase, CinemaSpoke, The Classic French Film Festival and a variety of film screenings.

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Omnimax Theatre
5050 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4424

St. Louis offers not only a variety of venues to satisfy your love of film but a diversity of venues in which to enjoy them. The Omnimax Theatre provides a breathtaking, movie-viewing experience on a six-story screen in a mind-expanding environment. The St. Louis Science Center is home to the Omnimax. After you have toured the educational offerings there, enter the domed theatre for a state-of-the-art movie event. The 15,000-watt sound and wrap-around screen is like no other, locally. No other experience can make you feel as if you are in the middle of the movie like a visit to the Omnimax.

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Chase Park Plaza Cinemas
212 N Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 367-2385

Enjoy the feeling of Hollywood’s intimate studio screening rooms of the past as you delight in indulging your discerning movie-going whims. The Chase offers five cinema screening rooms, all with “luxury seating, all-digital sound systems and state of the art projection.” Renowned architects, designers and cinema operators had only your movie-going obsessions in mind when designing this unique theatre experience. The Chase Park Plaza never disappoints.

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Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at