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Newspaper clippings on the AMC Entertainment movie theater company founded and based in Kansas City by the late Stan Durwood.
Article about the renovation of the 1909 "neighborhood amusement place" and "nickel show" theater at 39th and Woodland Avenues into a motion picture theater.
Drive In Theaters
July 11-17, 2013
Article focuses upon the demolition of the Orion Pictures Building that was located on the corner of 17th Street and Wyandotte. Advocates of the Crossroads neighborhood and preservationists are interviewed...
KC Public Library Offers a Film Vault to Bank On
May 23, 2007
The newly renovated Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, located in the Central library of the Kansas City Public Library, will debut May 23, 2007. The state-of-the-art mini-theater is located in the large vault...
Last Curtain to Fall at Two Landmarks in City's Theaters
Article about the closing of "the Isis theater, 3102 Troost avenue, and the Granada theater, 1015 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kansas." Description of the history of both movie theaters and the various...
Leaders in Our Town
Photo and bio of Elmer Rhoden, president of the Fox Midwest Amusement Corporation with "office over the Uptown theater on south Broadway." Raised in Omaha and starting in the movie industry in 1912 "as...
New Theater Built over Old
Article reporting the completion of the transformation of the older theater building into a larger one adapted for motion picture audiences.
Outdoor Theaters Gain New Generation of Fans
Photo and article about the history of drive-in movie theaters of the Kansas City area, including the area's first "located on U. S. 40 in what is now Independence" in 1942.
Postscript--Up from Swingsets: The Evolution of the Drive-In
Photo and article about the history of drive-in movie theaters in Kansas City, "considered one of the top drive-in cities in the country." Construction of local outdoor theaters mostly "in the years immediately...
Quantrell Motion Picture
Exterior view of an unidentified motion picture theater which is showing Quantrell or the Cold, Cruel Wars of Northern MIssouri in four big reels. Includes entrance to theater and advertisements out front...
Show Business Is No Business: Movie Maniac
Biographical article about Wade Williams, "a 47-year-old Kansas City native" and "the area's pre-eminent film producer." Owner of "the largest library of science fiction shows" from the 1940s-1960s, producer...
The First Municipal Motion Pictures Ever Made
Article about publicity motion pictures of Kansas City for prospective businesses to view before locating in the city, called the first of their kind and filmed by C. W. Hutton "the photographer for the...
The Globe to Be Razed
Article about the demolition of the theater whose "greatest claim to histrionic distinction here [Kansas City] is that the talking movie. ..was introduced within the Globe walls."
The Last (Dirty) Picture Show
January 10-16, 2013
Article describes the history of and current state of the historic Strand theatre, located near 35th Street and Troost. References are made to the Strand theatre as a mainstream motion picture theater...
The Last Picture Show: A Kansas city Magazine Photo Essay
Photographs mainly of drive-in theater signs. The theaters are located in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.
The Return of Glory to the Midland
Second Quarter, 1982
Article features the return of the 1927 silent film masterpiece of Abel Gance, Napoleon, which was shown at the restored Midland Theater.
Westside--Alternative Theaters Play to Kansas City's Offbeat Film Buffs
Article about the movie theater on Troost Avenue showing only "vintage, offbeat and independent films."
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