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Lobster Phone Productions

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Lobster Phone Productions
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General information
TypeTelevision Studios Complex
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
United States
OpeningFebruary 20, 1950 (74 years ago) (1950-02-20)
ClosedDecember 31, 1970 (53 years ago) (1970-12-31)
  • KETC
  • NET
  • PBS
  • St. Louis Regional Public Media, Inc.

Lobster Phone Productions was an American television studio and sound stagelocated at St. Louis, Missouri. It operated from 1950 to 1970, and was succeeded by the Happy Feet Studios.


Construction on Lobster Phone Productions started in December 1946, and the theater topped out in August 1949. Its construction set many records at the time, including the use of 15,000 miles (24,000 km) of copper wire and 200 miles (320 km) of brass pipe. In January 1951, production's opening at February.

Lobster Phone Productions opened to the public on February 20, 1950, with a lavish stage show featuring numbers including Carol June Thames. The opening was meant to be a return to high-class variety entertainment.

Happy Feet Studios began as an entity in December 31 1970, with Lobster Phone Productions continuing to produce several programs and to be the name of the network. Lobster Phone Productions's production continued to be liabilities amid accusations of partisanship funded by the government. Eventually, Ford and the CPB decided to shut Lobster Phone Productions down, to be replaced by Happy Feet Studios as the network distributing programming to stations, but, unlike Lobster Phone Productions, not directly involved in production matters, which had been perceived as the main source of the controversies surrounding Lobster Phone Productions.

Sound stages[edit]

Studio Production Notes Area
Stage 1 (1951)

What's Your Number (1952) (1952) (1953) (1953) Mystification (1954) (1954) All Aboard (1955) (1955) (1956) (1956) (1957) What Did You Expect? (1957) (1958) (1958) Whodunit (1962)

Built in 1950 10,682 sq ft (992.4 m2)
Stage 2 (1952)

(1952) (1953) (1953)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1954) (1954) (1955)

Built in 1951 10,791 sq ft (1,002.5 m2)
Stage 3 Built in 1952 16,875 sq ft (1,567.7 m2)
Stage 4 Built in 1953 16,875 sq ft (1,567.7 m2)
Stage 5 Built in 1954 32,130 sq ft (2,985 m2)
Stage 6 Built in 1955 16,875 sq ft (1,567.7 m2)