Sun Theater

Shualee Cook and Sara Burke
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Since 2002, the Visionary Awards have honored 68 St. Louis-area women for contributions to the arts, but this year's list includes a first.

Shualee Cook, 37, a transgender woman, is honored as an Emerging Artist for her skills as a playwright. Cook’s “An Invitation Out” opens at Mustard Seed Theater Friday, April 17.

Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

Seats in the Sun Theater hadn't seen paying patrons in quite a while.
Kara Vaninger | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Jazz music. Champagne towers. Women in sequins, men in black tie. This was as bacchanalian as my 9-year-old brain got when it tried to imagine just what was going on behind the Sun’s glorious sign the first time I recall driving past it. My face pressed against the backseat passenger window, I pumped my parents for details, but there weren’t many to be had, aside from the fact that, among other things, it had been a theater, a cinema and a night club.

Grand developments in Grand Center

Jul 13, 2013
Wider sidewalks would mean a three-lane Grand Boulevard.
Rendering from report to Grand Center

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Grand Center is marked by distinct architecture, bustling streets, dozens of restaurants, public art and a few more new signs in old windows. The individual changes in venues, however, will all be affected in changes planned to the area's streets.

The Great Streets Project is perhaps the most expansive change happening in Midtown. The plan offers a new vision for Grand Center, from a wide granite curb to a “light ceiling” that hangs in a net-like pattern above the streets.