Wehrenberg Theatres are located in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota. It is the oldest family run movie theater business in the United States. As of March 2015, there are 15 movie theaters with 213 screens throughout the chain.
Wehrenberg Theaters was founded in 1906 by Fred Wehrenberg in St. Louis, MO at the Cherokee Theatre that doubled as a saloon and concession stand. A second theater was opened in St. Louis called the Airdome, an open air facility. It was the first design of what would eventually be known as a drive-in theater, now closed, according to Wehrenberg.com.
The company expanded its design from a single screen structure at a single location to multiple screens at its first location in St. Louis. Wehrenberg went on to build a complex of six screen theaters. From there he built his first multiplex in St. Louis and expanded the franchise during the 1980s and 1990s with movie theaters that house 10 or more screens throughout state while expanding into Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.
The majority of the company's theaters are located in the St. Louis Metropolitan area with nine theaters and 131 screens. Wehrenberg Theatres offer heated recliners, a full bar, restaurant meals and a wait staff at its flagship theaters in St. Louis as well as its St. Charles location. Wehrenberg offers personal closed-caption display devices for the hearing impaired.