If live entertainment is your thing, St. Louis’ historical Grand Center is exactly where you want to be. Whether you are looking for Broadway-style musicals, jazz music, contemporary art, cabaret shows, the symphony, the circus, films or festivals, you’ll find it at “the intersection of art and life.”
Where to Enjoy a Show:
The Fabulous Fox Theater: When 20th Century Fox founder William Fox opened the Fox Theatre in 1929 he said, “No longer need residents of St. Louis look beyond their own city for the finest entertainment.” Lucky for us, this still rings true today. From Broadway plays to comedy shows, concerts and more, The Fox is a popular place for those wanting to get their live entertainment fix while in The Lou.
Powell Symphony Hall: Powell Symphony Hall, formerly known as The St. Louis Theatre, was the city’s largest theatre when built in 1925. Since 1966, this stunning performance venue has been home to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Check out the exciting line-up for this award-winning orchestra and special guests as they perform classics from Beethoven to the scores of iconic films such as “E.T.,” while the movie plays along with them.
The Kranzberg Arts Center: The Kranzberg Arts Center is a non-profit performing and visual arts venue featuring cutting-edge exhibits, innovative theater productions and a plethora of cross-genre musical and non-musical performances. Be sure to catch a performance at the Black Box Theater, home to Upstream Theater and numerous independent productions, and the Studio, an intimate turn-key space with professional sound, lights and artist amenities.
Jazz at the Bistro: Enjoy the best of live jazz presented by Jazz St. Louis in the newly renovated Jazz at the Bistro, a venue touted as one of the top 10 in the country by the likes of Wynton Marsalis, USAToday and CNN.com.
St. Lou Fringe: Each summer, Grand Center holds the annual St. Lou Fringe Festival in Strauss Park (located directly across from The Fox). The festival is designed to connect audiences to performing arts of all disciplines – it’s not limited to theater. With singing, magic, dance, poetry, vaudeville, fashion design and much more, you are sure to get a great dose of the talent that St. Louis and surrounding communities have to offer.
Dinner and a Show:
With Grand Center’s assorted selection of restaurants, there are tons of places perfect for grabbing a bite to eat before you see a show. Here are a few to get you started from heaviest meals to least.
City Diner at The Fox: From all day breakfast to yummy home-style entrees like country fried steak or chicken, meatloaf, liver and onions, City Diner is a deliciously convenient dining option located right next to The Fabulous Fox.
The Best Steak House: Established in 1964, many St. Louis natives would say that The Best Steak House “has been around forever.” This classic cafeteria keeps the grill sizzling seven days a week with everything from steaks to shrimp at prices that won’t break the bank when trying to feed the whole family.
The Fountain on Locust: Looking for something light but filling? Try the most-photographed restaurant in St. Louis, The Fountain on Locust. Their award-winning soups and delicious, made-from-scratch options are sure to satisfy. Once you take a look at the extensive list of their world-famous hand crafted ice cream cocktails and homemade ice cream desserts, you’ll definitely want to make sure you leave room for dessert!
The Dark Room: Just looking for a quick drink before the show? Enjoy fine art and fine wine under the same roof at The Dark Room, a newcomer to the Grand Center community. This bar/photo gallery serves a generous six-ounce pour of some of the finest wines from around the world.
This only scratches the surface of the entertainment and dining options in Grand Center. Be sure to check out their website to get the full list of what to see, do and taste in the area and to sign up for one of their free tours.