Some factoids about the former Kiel Opera House:
- Opened its doors in 1934 as the 'Municipal Auditorium'.
- Changed its name to Kiel Opera House in 1943 after former St. Louis mayor Henry Kiel died shortly before. He is cited as one of the main people who championed for the Opera House.
- According to its website, the Rolling Stones, Harry S. Truman and Johnny Carson have held private parties there.
- Speaking of Johnny Carson, he was part of the historical televised concert that was held at the Opera House in 1965, starring 'The Rat Pack' (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.). Carson was subbing for Rat Pack member Joey Bishop, who had a bad back.
- Since its re-opening, it has hosted several plays and shows, and of course, concerts from faded to current acts (fun., Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, The Pixies,etc)
- It had been adjacent to the Kiel Auditorium, which was replaced by the Scottrade Center.
|Peabody Opera House from a distance|
|B.B. King performing at Peabody Opera House on April 4, 2014|
|B.B. King on stage at Peabody Opera House on April 4, 2014|
NOTE: When it was added to the National Register of Historic Places, it is listed by its former name, Kiel Opera House.
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