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'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...
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 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.
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...
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.
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...
Drive-in Survives the Passing of Time
March 5, 2006
Article discusses the I-70 Drive-In, "one of only three drive-ins remaining in Kansas City". Although drive-in movie theaters are almost a thing of the past, they still attract a stalwart group of fans....
Drive-In Theater is Family Feature
July 18, 2015
Article documents the history of Boulevard Drive-In at 1051 Merriam Lane in Kansas City, Kansas. Owner Wes Neal and his grandson operator Brian Neal are interviewed and describe their family's involvement...
End of the Empire--Longtime Downtown Theater Closed
October 25, 1985
The Empire Theater at 1400 Main Street, which began as a vaudeville house in 1921 and was the last move house within the Downtown loop, has closed.
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...
Glenwood Theatre Sign
August 13, 2007
The Glenwood Theatre sign is currently up at the Metcalf South Shopping Center. However, the center is due in the future to be made over. Theater co-owner Wade Williams says the sign will migrate to the...
Historic KCK Structure will host Spanish Movies
June 29-July 5, 2006
Article about the opening of a restored "Spanish-themed" theater at 1019 Minnesota Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas. The Granada, owned by the Screenland Theater group, will feature Spanish-language films...
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...
Knight in Shining Armour
December 9, 2007
Butch Rigby has decided to use a red art deco look for the interior of his Screenland Armour Theater which he is renovating at a cost of $1.4 million. The theater is located at 408 Armour Road in North...
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