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Best Movie Theater 

The Hi-Pointe Theatre

Forget those sprawling megaplexes. Movies are best enjoyed in a small neighborhood theater that embraces its history while looking toward the future. The Hi-­Pointe has been around since 1922, just before "talkies" went mainstream. Known as Missouri's oldest single-­screen movie house, the theater has upgraded its sound and flagship movie screen over the decades, and, this spring, added a second screen known as the Backlot. Proud of its legacy near the giant Amoco sign at Skinker and McCausland, the Hi­-Pointe also celebrates local film milestones, recently hosting fifth-anniversary festivities for Late Nite Grindhouse, a monthly midnight film series that focuses on horror and exploitation flicks. Combining such niche entertainment with traditional touches such as velvet curtains and real­ butter popcorn, the Hi-­Pointe makes what's old new again — in the best possible way. 1005 McCausland Avenue, Richmond Heights, 63117. 314-995-6273,

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