Concordia’s new movie theater opens
CONCORDIA, KS — In July of 2002, the Apollo Theatre closed and left the North Central Kansas community of 5,000 without a movie theatre until last night, when The Majestic, a four screen complex opened.
The Majestic is a joint venture with B&B Theatres of Liberty Missouri and a group of 20 local investors. The $1.4 million dollar project features wall to wall screens, a family arcade, stadum seating in all auditoriams, and DTS and Dolby surround sound in the auditoriams. The new theatre’s lobby is a 1900s-vintage design. While the theatre is completed work remains to be done on the parking area.
This project is a part of an effort to spur development in the city’s downtown. The municipality is offering property owners grants, and Citizens National Bank is offering low interest loans. B&B Theatres is the majority stockholder of the project with 20 local partners who collectively invested $640,000. B&B signed loans from Concordia’s four banks for the remainder.
The Apollo, which was a twin theatre, was located in the adjcent block from the restored Brown Grand Theatre which is used as a live production facility.