Powell at 50

We’re celebrating 50 years in our home—the beautiful Powell Hall. Check this page weekly for a unique photo of Powell Hall and share in the celebration with your favorite photos of Powell Hall. Also, visit the St. Louis Public Library free exhibit — SLSO: 50 Years at Powell Hall on display at Central Library.


Erected in 1925 as the St. Louis Theatre, the building now known as Powell Hall was acquired by the St. Louis Symphony Society in 1966. Since its opening in November 1925, the St. Louis Theatre had presented the best in live vaudeville as well as motion pictures.

Appropriately enough, The Sound of Music was the last movie shown in the theater before it was renovated to be the home of the SLSO.

More History

Photo of the Week

50 photos over 50 weeks. Every week throughout the next year photographers Jeff Hirsch and Benjamin Scherliss will examine the beautiful architectural details as well as hidden aspects—from below the seats to above the ceiling.

We'll be posting these images each week on Instagram and Twitter using #Powellat50. And then updating this gallery with the photos as well.


Special thanks to our photographers for exploring Powell Hall and sharing their imagery with all of us.
For more of their work, please visit their websites and follow them on Instagram:
Jeff Hirsch website | Instagram Icon @heffstl
Benjamin Scherliss website | Instagram Icon @bscherliss

Share your memories of Powell Hall!


Did you get engaged at Powell Hall? Have an unexpected encounter with a best friend you hadn’t seen in decades? Visit on a school trip and haven’t stopped since? We want to hear your stories! Email your story and images to Powellat50@slso.org. We'll be documenting them all and sharing some of our favorites!


Let us see your favorite pics of Powell Hall! Be sure to tag any images on social media with #Powellat50 and be sure to follow us on Twitter @slso and on Instagram @stlsymphony to see what we have to share.