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Drive In Theaters
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....
Electric Theater, Box Office
The box office for the Electric Theater at 536 Minnesota in Kansas City, Kansas, advertises "The Caine Mutiny" with Humphrey Bogart. Listed ticket prices are 50 cents for adults and 15 cents for children....
Electric Theater, Exterior
Exterior view of the Electric Theater at 536 Minnesota in Kansas City, Kansas, showing marquee, entrance, and signage. Theater advertises "The Caine Mutiny" with Humphrey Bogart. Shops neighbor the theater,...
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...
George W. Warder
Photos, illustrations, and information on Colonel George Warder (1848-1906), builder and founder of the Warder Grand Opera House in Kansas City in 1887 at 9th and Holmes Streets (later rebuilt as the Auditorium...
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...
Information about the Granada Theater at 1015 Minnesota Avenue that became a venue for silent and other motion pictures, organ concerts, community events, etc., with photos.
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...
How the Movies Were Born
Article describes the earliest "multi-plex" movie theater in Kansas City--Durwood One and Durwood Two at Ward Parkway Center. The theaters, brainchild of Stan Durwood (who owned the downtown Roxy and other...
July 10 and 11 Benefit: Englewood Theatre Gala for JCHS
The "last area indoor theatre built and designed in the Golden Age of theatres" in 1949, reopened in 1999 as "the permanent home for classic motion picture presentations. ..on the largest screen in the...
Kansas City. ..The Way We Were
Photos of mainly the interior of the Uptown Theater at 3700 Broadway Boulevard.
Kansas City's Classic Theatres--The Isis
Photo and article about the Isis Theater, built around 1919 as "the regional exhibition arm of Fox Studios" at 31st and Troost Avenues. Damaged by a 1920s fire and used as a movie theater until closed...
Kansas City's Classic Theatres--The Plaza
Article with history and photo of the Plaza Theater at 4701 Wyandotte Street, built in 1929 and converted to a "triplex" in the 1990s.
Kansas City's Classic Theatres: The Brookside
Article with history and photo of the Brookside Theatre at 6345 Brookside Plaza, built in 1927 and burned down in 1978 and demolished in 1979.
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...
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...
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