Downtown movie theater closed temporarily after sprinkler system breaks

Posted on: 11:01 pm, January 15, 2014, by

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A frozen sprinkler system has shut-down a trendy, new, downtown movie theater.

The goal is to re-open the MX Movies on Washington Avenue Friday night.  It’s been shut-down for 8 nights already, yet another casualty of last week’s deep freeze. 

The MX Theater on Washington Avenue just marked its 1st anniversary this week, but it was shut-down. 

So, the plush seats of this dine-in theater were empty on its first anniversary earlier this week.

The problem was the sprinkler system in the adjacent parking garage. It froze and sprang a leak. 

Aside from a few trash cans out to catch a very small amount of dripping water, a little bubbling paint, and hard to see water damage to one movie screen, the theater suffered almost no damage. 

But it has to have a working sprinkler system to be open.

Ground floor restaurants like Pi-Pizza and Snarf`s Sandwiches re-opened after just a few days. 

But the theater is on the second floor and the owner says that has apparently made the repair more challenging.