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Pla-mor Amusement Cent...
el Torreon Dance Hall
A New Madrid: The Main Street Theater Is Getting a Face-Lift
Photos and article about the 2001 restoration of the Madrid Theater, built in 1926 at 3810 Main Street. History of the theater, "promised to be 'the' distinctive theater of Kansas City" with a Spanish...
Illustrations and information on the Bacchus Ball.
Bailing Out a Ballroom
August 8, 2006
The owner of the El Torreon building located at 3101 Gillham Plaza has decided to stop the all-ages live music venue shows that were being held there. The 32,000-square-foot building with a historic second-floor...
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...
March 9, 2008
Feature article about the Cowtown Ballroom, located in the former El Torreon ballroom at 3109 Gillham Road in Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowtown Ballroom opened July 1971 and closed Sept. 16, 1974. It...
Dance Hall Scene
View of people dancing with many of the men in uniform. Probably taken in Chicago during the 1940s. Joe Sanders and band were performing.
Information about former dance hall at 39th and Main Streets.
El Patio Dancing Hall
Exterior, front view of the El Patio Dancing hall located at Lakeside Park, Denver, Colorado. Sanders captioned photo as found in SC1, Scrapbook A, p. 67: "Where we smashed all records, giving Isham Jones...
El Torreon Dance Hall
Frontal view; located at Gilliam Plaza and 31st Street.
Fedora Café & Bar Drawing Tango Enthusiasts
Article tells about popularity of Tango Night at the Fedora Café & Bar, 210 W. 47th Street .
Kansas City Board of Public Welfare Wins Out against Threefold Attack
Article about the board's activities and the dispute about the legality of the board's existence as a city department.
Kansas City's Pla-More Is Mecca of Amusement
Description of the "unique" multi-purpose amusement center, founded in 1927 at 3142 Main Street, including uses as bowling alleys, roller rinks, ballroom, circuses, boxing matches, Ice Capades, coffee...
Madrid Will Rise Again if Promoter's Plans Work
Article about the restoration of the former Madrid movie theater at 3806 Main Street, opened in 1926, in Spanish archictural style, planned to be a "backdrop for music, theater and other cultural events"...
Mardi Gras of the Wheat Belt
Article about the festivities of the annual American Royal livestock exhibition in Kansas City, including a the "glittering pageantry of the American Royal Cornoation Ball. ..[c]ombining the brilliant...
Mass Commercial Amusements in Kansas City before World War I
Comprehensive article exploring the urban cultural aspect of popular entertainment in Kansas City, rather than the more commonly studied aspect of high culture entertainment. Description and photos of...
Memories of the Pla-Mor
History of the "recreation center" and dance hall at Main Street and 31st Terrace, razed in 1972 but host to such muscial entertainers as Stan Kenton, Jimmy Dorsey, and Frank Sinatra.
Extensive article about the newly built Morton's Casino or Morton's Catering Establishment and Ball Room. Building was designed by Wilder & Wight, Architects and it is located at Main Street and Westport...
Past Lives: Still Intact
1920s dance hall stage for such luminaries as a pre-Hollywood Joan Crawford, before waning interest for live music in the Great Depression.
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