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Askren, Robert G
Robert W Butler
'Cinemental Journeys' Takes Readers Through Movie Houses of Yesteryear
December 13, 2006
Mike and Vicki Walker have written a book which explores nostalgic theaters still operating in the Midwest. The book covers the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Two that are mentioned from...
12th and Main Streets
Looking north along Main Street from 12th Street. On the right is the southwest corner of the Jones Store building. Harzfeld's Department Store is visible one block south, and signs for King Joy Lo Restaurant,...
150 Facts About Kansas City
List of 150 facts prepared for the sesquicentennial of Kansas City in 2000.
A Cinematic Gem
December 8, 2013
Article focuses upon the history of the Plaza Grill & Cinema in Ottawa, Kansas. The theater's owner, Rita (Peach) Madl, is interviewed. Madl describes the process by which she discovered that the Plaza...
A Kansas City Architect: The Boller Brothers
Biographical article about the "Kansas City architectural firm (variously known as Carl Boller and Brother or the Boller Brothers)," "composed of brothers Carl and Robert Boller, natives of St. Joseph,...
A Movie Theater With Small-Town Charm
July 11, 2010
Short article about the Rio Theatre in downtown Overland Park and its owners. Includes many color photographs of interior and exterior.
AMC Develops New Theater Co-Star: Food
March 4-10, 2011
Article about the new concepts AMC Entertainment Inc. is trying to increase sales at the concession stands, like their expansion of restaurant-style Cinema Suites and the convenience store presentation...
Newspaper clippings on the AMC Entertainment movie theater company founded and based in Kansas City by the late Stan Durwood.
AMC May be Coming Attraction for P & L District
July 8-14, 2005
Article discusses possibility of AMC locating a theater complex in the new Entertainment District, possibly in the Empire Theater.
An Interview With Henry Villarreal
Interviewer: Irene Ruiz. Interview recorded May 29, 1981. 1 sound cassette (ca. 90 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents....
September 5-11, 2013
Article documents the struggles of the I-70 Drive-in and the Midway Drive-in, two area drive-in theaters that have not been able to convert to digital projectors. SPECO, a company that was based in Kansas...
File contains photos and information on Sam Lovett, or Baby Lovett, an African American jazz drummer raised in Louisiana and coming to Kansas City about 1922 as "a sound-effects man for silent movies"...
Biography of Stanley Durwood (1921-1999), Inventor of the Movie Multiplex
Biography of the Dubinsky Brothers, Entertainers--Maurice (1882-1929); Edward (circa 1886-1960); and Barney (1892-1949)
Blaze Destroys Old Ballroom: Midtown Building, Opened in 1913, Was in Renovation
Photos and article about the fire destroying the Monaco Ballroom, a former movie theater being restored at 31st and Cherry Streets. Built in 1913 as the Gillham Theater ("a movie palace") "by Cleveland...
Article about the renovation of the 1909 "neighborhood amusement place" and "nickel show" theater at 39th and Woodland Avenues into a motion picture theater.
Article reporting the fire that destroyed the cinema at 3838 Woodland Avenue, witnessed by about 600 spectators.
Country Club Plaza
Street level view of Wyandotte Street near 47th Street in the Country Club Plaza. The Plaza Theater is in view on the left located at 4704 Wyandotte. A small fountain is in view on the right.
January 29-February 4, 2015
Article describes the events of Sunday, January 25, 2015, at the Glenwood Arts Theatre, the cinema's final day of operation at its Metcalf South mall location. A brief history of the Glenwood is provided....
Deaths: Stephen L. Potter
Photo and obituary for Stephen Potter, "67, formerly of Kansas City" in the 1930s-1940s. Native of Marshall, Missouri coming to Kansas City as a "partner with his brother, C. H. Porter, in operating five...
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