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A Theater Name Shift: Title of Mainstreet Changed to the Missouri
Article about the name change of the Mainstreet Theater to the Missouri Theater upon its purchase by the RKO company.
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.
AMC to Revive Empire
July 15, 2005
''AMC Entertainment is joining the Cordish Co. in a blockbuster plan to return movies to the Empire Theater and energize the Midland Theatre complex with live music and housing.'' The joint venture in...
Don't Look Down
October 19-25, 2006
Article describes the activities of a Kansas City urban exploring club, whose members tour abandoned buildings and other deserted urban structures in their spare time. Among the locations described in...
Downtown Landmark's Fate In Dispute
August 13, 2003
Developer Larry Bridges has recently obtained a pre-demolition permit for the Empire Theater building located on the corner of 14th and Main in downtown Kansas City. Preservationists do not want to see...
Editorial about the continued uncertainty in the Mainstreet Theater's future because of the ambiguous classification given to it by the city boards affiliated with the Kansas City Register of Historic...
Empire is Saved for KC Life
December 31, 2004
Kansas City's Tax Increment Financing Commission purchased the Empire Theater and a nearby parking lot controlled by developer Larry Bridges. The theater will be preserved and incorporated into the multi-venue...
Full frontal and side view; located on southwest corner of 14th and Main.
Detail of theater dome.
Empire Theater Removal Debated
August 26, 2004
Article discusses a proposal by DST Realty to build a new headquarters for Kansas City Power & Light. The proposal would include the partial demolition of the hisotric Empire Theater at 14th and Main.
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.
Group Lists Downtown Landmarks
October 26, 2004
The Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects compiled a list of 25 buildings in the central business district that they believe are significant downtown landmarks ''worthy of attention...
Historic Kansas City Foundation's Endangered Buildings Saved
Article profiles seven buildings that were previously on the Historic Kansas City Foundation's endangered buildings list, but have been restored and renovated in recent years. 1) New York Life Building...
Kansas City by Night
Aerial view of Kansas City by night, looking southwest over the area of approximately 13th and Grand to Main. The Empire Theater can be seen on right.
Kings of the Silver Screen
January 1, 2007
Article profiling Peter Brown, CEO of AMC Entertainment. Author discusses the history of AMC, Stan Durwood's vision for Downtown, and AMC projects underway in early 2007, including restoration of the Empire...
Street level view of the west side of Main Street between 13th to 14th Street in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. View is looking toward the southwest. Included in the view is the Keystone Building housing...
Main Street Theater
Postcard of Main Street Theater
Main Street Theater History to Live on as Downtown's New Cineplex
April 9, 2008
Article and postcard image of the old Mainstreet Theater (14th and Main Street). The theater was designed by the firm of Rapp and Rapp of Chicago and opened October 30, 1921. The historic building was...
Mainstreet (Empire) Theatre Update
Notice of the preservation of the Mainstreet Theatre by the City Plan Commission, by placing it on the Kansas City Register of Historic Places, also as part of the Kansas City Redevelopment Authority's...
Mainstreet (Empire) Theatre: An Endangered Species?
Article about the threats to the preservation of the Empire Theater (once called Mainstreet) at 14th and Main Streets, with photo and history, including its opening in 1921 and acts such as Burns & Allen...
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