This renovated 3 screen theater has a great collection of old movie posters & movie-related collectibles on display. They retained many of the architectural features of an old movie house, including the little box office out on the sidewalk. I, actually, enjoy standing on line at this theater to buy a ticket! The refreshment area & the staff are great, too.
But the best thing is the films they show, which rate tops around the world. Many of the films I see are at this theater because I normally don't go to the ones the majority of Americans see. They have special events, including film festivals, here, too.
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Originally built for the 1904 World Fair in St. Louis, Forest Park is within easy reach from St. Louis downtown by Metrolink light rail. There is a Metrobus that goes round the Park to all the various attractions.
The Forest Park is a green oasis larger than New York Central Park, with exposition buildings of imposing architecture.
The main attractions within the Park are St. Louis Zoo, The Muny Outdoor Theatre, Science Center with Planetarium, Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and skating rinks, boating facilities, playing fields for softball, baseball, soccer, archery, biking and running path and golf.
On a nice warm door, it will be fun for outdoor activities. If not, there are the museums to spend the day indoor.
St. Louis Zoo,arch,Miissouri Botanical Gardens
The zoo is well maintained with a good variety of animals to see.
Shaw Botanical Gardens is the most awesome combination of gardens I have ever seen.If you like flowers and gardening,you will love this place.The arch has an elevator that will take to the top for a view of St. Louis from an eagle's view.
This is one of the first in the country to have been renovated, and it looks superb. The inside takes your breath away for thinking of the magnificence back in an era where theatre was vogue. They now have many entertaining things in the theatre, and tours can be done in daytime.
Today-in Aug 2011, the area is getting more deteriorated, and the theater looks like it still has some shows; but diminishing. When I was there, they would not let me inside for even one picture-UGH
This park is one of the biggest in the US and holds more treasures of things to do for people than any others, in my opinion, even Central Park, NY. There is a very large zoo, arboretum/jewel box, an art museum that is nearly unrivaled, history museum, muni opera, a large open pavilion, and many statues and fountains, boating on a lake, and flowers--and also two golf courses and a nice visitor center. Connecting across the highway now is the Science Center, another great exhibit for people to participate.
It started in 1876, but the World's Fair of 1904 brought it into the current use and magnificence. There are 12 million annual visitors coming to the park, and the city holds numerous events here through the year. It has 1,293 acres, 500 more than Central Park.
There are some very nice and impressive buildings near the center of downtown. Most are Government buildings that were built in early 1900's with that theme of the time. The buildings are of great facade sandstone and limestone and stand out as monuments to the period when Depression era building was well done.
Is it still working or not?
No my dear Americans. You need not to leave that building so dirty to convince us of its old age. The strong contrast with the modern surrounding buildings enhances its antiquity and classical look. But the black spots in many stones, give the idea of a ruined and abandoned house. What a pity.
Come on… Clean it up.
The town is celebratory second only to Chicago in the St. Patricks Day events. It seems like the whole town is ready to get down and have fun. Many events are held in the downtown area, and it draws thousands for the parade and then the run and then the bar hopping. All restaurant, except maybe Thai become St. Pats green for the day or two celebrations.
St. Louis is an old city, with outstanding architecture and beauty. What a romantic trip, in a horse-drawn wagon, through the historic downtown and through the city streets. Our horse was named Napoleon, and my husband and I gazed up at the unique architectural details of the buildings and dreamt about when the city was the bustling metropolis of the West. We're probably the only tourists that take this many pictures of buildings.
They even take credit cards...worth it.
St Louis is a romantic city and down near the river front is an area known as the "Gas Lamp District". With big cobblestones paving the streets which were built pre-civil war by the slaves, the horses hooves clicked smartly along.
We went up to the edge of the of the "locks" which are used to artificially raise and lower the water level of the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers.
This is by far one of the better, and more unique structures in the city, and there are many. It has red granite outside facade, and a huge complex that served as the operating arm of the City back in early 1900's. It was completed in 1904, just in time for the World's Fair event. Cost was under $2 million and has 150 rooms on four floors plus the basement.
If you go here, you need to plan your visit when the have a movie inside the planetarium; otherwise you will not be able to see the site. Cost of the show is $6 range and features various topics, depending on the day and time. It is in an Omnimax theater. The lobby has space memorabilia of the space flights and some capsules.
Connected to this area is a walkover above Hwy 40/64 to the Science Center. It is nearly all laid out for kids to see, do and play, with many interactive things to play with. This was not my favorite place to go to, and the noise is like being in a cage at the zoo. They also have shows of magic and science topics for the kids. I guess if you got the-then they could be entertained for the day here.
I didn't enter it. I was there too early in the morning and had no oportunity to come again at opening time.
However, I was atracted by the marvelous ensemble it composes with the arch, in sunrise, providing a photo that... I like.
Magnificent quarter that I saw "by mistake" (blessed mistake).
The architecture is varied but harmonious, and all the area exhales tranquillity and quality of life. It must be good, being a student of that school!
This handsome old church sits above the streaming traffic of I-70 across the street. The Basilica of St. Louis is the oldest Roman Catholic Cathedral west of the Mississippi River. When the entire surrounding neighborhood was cleared to make-way for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (40 blocks!), the Cathedral was spared - but it now looks somewhat out of place, and is definitely dwarfed by Eero Saarinen's soaring arch.
The building which you see dates from the early 1830s, although the land on which it sits was originally given to the church in the 1770s by Pierre Laclede. The architectural firm of Lavielle and Morton were responsible for its design - they were also commissioned to create the original Courthouse nearby.
My photo was taken from my hotel room on the 11th floor of the Hyatt Riverside (formerly the Adams Mark.)
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