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Missouri Movie Theatres (page 1)

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Mainstreet Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Gem Theatre
Kansas City, MO
The Mainstreet Theatre was designed by Rapp and Rapp. It opened in 1921 as a vaudeville and movie house. The theatre closed in 1938, reopened in 1941, and closed again in 1949. It was renamed the Empire Theatre in 1960. The theatre closed again in 1985 and was threatened with demolition. Restoration began in 2006. The theatre reopened in 2009 as the AMC Mainstreet Theatre. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Gem Theatre opened in 1912 as the Star Theatre. In 1923, the fašade was updated and the theatre was renamed. It continued to be a movie house until the mid-1970s when it switched to live performances. In the mid-1990s, the interior was gutted and rebuilt. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [night photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Uptown Theatre
Kansas City, MO
The Uptown Theatre was designed by John Eberson and opened in 1928. It closed in 1989 and fell into disrepair. In 1994, the theatre was restored and reopened. The atmospheric theatre simulates a Mediterranean courtyard. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Orpheum Theatre
Hannibal, MO
Construction began on the Orpheum Theatre in 1918 and it opened in 1922. The exterior features bas-relief medallions depicting Orpheus in his chariot drawn by lions, Cupids representing music and draped figures representing dance. In 1936, the theatre was remodeled and the marquee replaced. The marquee was replaced again in the 1950s when the theatre was renamed the Tom Sawyer. Recent plans to restore the theatre and use it for live performances seem to have fallen through. For more, see this website.

Esquire Theatre
Cape Girardeau, MO
Dixie Theatre
New Madrid, MO
Tower Theatre
Springfield, MO
Gillioz Theatre
Springfield, MO
The Esquire Theatre was built in 1947. It closed in 1985 and has been vacant since then. For more, see this website.

The Dixie Theatre opened in the 1930s. It now features live entertainment and films. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Tower Theatre opened in 1938 and closed in 1996. It now houses a radio station. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Gillioz Theatre was designed by M.E. Gillioz. It opened in 1926, offering stage shows and films. The theatre closed in 1979 and sat empty for a few years before being saved. The building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre was restored and reopened in 2006. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Missouri Theatre
St. Joseph, MO
The Missouri Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1927. It closed in the mid-1970s and reopened in 1979 as the home of the Performing Arts Association. The theatre was restored between 2001-2002 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Avenue Theatre
West Plains, MO
Walt Theatre
New Haven, MO
The Avenue Theatre opened as the New Avenue Theatre in 1950. In 1986, the theatre was converted into a playhouse. The current paint scheme is from then. Previously, the facade was painted brown. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Walt Theatre was built in 1940. It was completely restored in recent years. For more, see this website.

Missouri Theatre
Columbia, MO
2006: 2010:
The Missouri Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1928 as a vaudeville house. The fašade was remodeled in the 1960s to the look shown at the photos on the left above. The theatre was restored to its original appearance around 2008. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre has been home to the Missouri Symphony Society since 1987 and only shows movies once in awhile. For more, see this website.

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