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Underrated movie theaters around St. Louis that won’t break the bank

Story by Christine Siampos • Photo by Nermina Ferkić

The movie theater. A place loved by people of all ages. A fancy theater is the most ideal spot to get lost in the world of film, but for college students, money can be a problem.  What if the viewing experience was just as nice, but more affordable? There are hidden gems in St. Louis that might not be as extravagant as other theaters, and viewers will spend less money than they expect to.

24:1 Cinema • 6755 Page Ave.   St. Louis, MO 63133

This theater is truly a treasure trove hidden in an unexpected place. Its sleek appearance shows that the theater is very dedicated to its business. The tickets are $8.50 after 6 p.m., and a large popcorn is $7.50. Despite only having four viewing rooms, 24:1 Cinema shows popular movies when they are released. The rooms are full of comfortable chairs and huge screens and the theater has small, well-kept bathrooms. The interior is brightly colored, featuring abstract sculptures hanging from the high ceiling. The most important trait of this theater is that the majority of its proceeds go back to the community.

St. Andrews • 2025 Golfway St. • St. Charles, MO 63301

Small and humble, St. Andrews only has three viewing rooms. Surprisingly, it is beloved by many, and a good amount of people come to see movies there every week. Upon entering the lobby, there is a small arcade with vintage games to spend spare change on. The theater premieres movies a few weeks after their initial release date, but that doesn’t make them any less exciting. Tickets at this theater are only $1, no matter the time of the day, and snack prices never go above $5. It isn’t the most beautiful place, and the bathrooms are rather small. But for the low price it offers, a visit is well worth it.

Keller 8 • 4572 Lemay Ferry Rd. •  St. Louis, MO 63129

Keller 8 is a movie theater for the masses. The tickets never rise above $5 after 6 p.m., and the snacks are cheaper compared to other theaters. The entire lobby is filled with the rich, inviting scent of butter, setting the mood for a fun night of watching movies. Like St. Andrews, it plays movies a few weeks—or months—later than the film’s release date, but it’s well worth the wait. While the theater has an underwhelming exterior, they are constantly making improvements to the inside.

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