102 S. Ninth Street – Hall Theatre

Hall Theatre, 2020, from the corner of Cherry Street. Photograph by Deanna Dikeman

This building at 102 S. Ninth Street is built with a limestone facade, red brick sidewalls.  It was built in 1916 by Tom C. Hall and initially played vaudeville and movies. Live performances were phased out over time. The Hall showed its last movie between 1971 and 1986.

Vacant for years, it housed the St. Louis Bread Co./Panera Bread restaurant from 2005-2013. As of 2020, it is once again vacant and available for lease.

“This classic ‘movie palace’ is one of the largest intact styled buildings in the district,” per the Downtown Columbia Historic District NRHP form, http://www.dnr.mo.gov/shpo/nps-nr/06000990.pdf.

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