Kiel Auditorium (demolished) - St. Louis, Missouri
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Music - Nostalgia by Yanni

Shot in 1987 and 1994 using film.

Location - 1401 Clark Ave. St. Louis, Missouri Known as Municipal Auditorium 1934-1943 and Kiel Auditorium 1943-1991.

Status - Opened April 14, 1934, closed 1991. Demolished in 1992. The Scottrade Center now occupies the site of old Kiel Auditorium. The Kiel Opera House in front of the auditorium is still standing. In 2011, it was refurbished and renamed the Peabody Opera House.

St. Louis needed a new building. The St. Louis Coliseum was built in 1908 at the Southwest corner of Washington Blvd. and Jefferson Ave. and was THE arena of its time. It quickly became decrepit and obsolete. After Kiel opened in 1934, the old Coliseum was rarely used. Finally in 1953, the building was condemned and demolished. All major acts were playing exclusively at Kiel and the St.. Louis Arena. Kiel had a double header of sorts. In front of the building on Market Street sits the Kiel Opera House. In back, was Kiel Auditorium. The main tenant throughout the life of the building was the St. Louis University Billikens basketball team. The NBA would arrive in 1955 from Milwaukee, and the team would become the St. Louis Hawks. They would last until 1968 when they moved again, this time to Atlanta. The Kiel saw just about everybody in music play under its roof. From Elvis to Queen to the J. Geils band, Kiel was rocked to its foundation. The death knell for Kiel was also the same one that claimed the St. Louis Arena. City planners decided that a NEW Kiel Center would be built. Unfortunately, that meant demolishing the Kiel Auditorium. Hometown hockey hero Brett Hull fired a puck, explosions went off and the demolition of Kiel began. The new Kiel Center was literally built on the ground where the Auditorium stood. The building was reminiscent of a couple of other buildings of that era. Most notably, the old Minneapolis Auditorium, onetime home to the Minneapolis Lakers. The Baltimore Arena and Cobo Hall in Detroit also had the same interior design. The design on all 3 included a stage at one end of the arena and a horseshoe shape for the seating bowl. Kiel may be gone, but to a lot of people in St. Louis, it was a great old building.
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A rare shot of the long gone St. Louis Coliseum at the S/W corner of Washington and Jefferson.


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The coliseum interior.


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