Plaza Theater

4700-08 Wyandotte Street,
Kansas City, MO 64112

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Aparofan on July 3, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Here’s a picture of the marquee from 1979. From the book Great American Movie Theaters by David Naylor.

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RobbKCity on December 23, 2006 at 3:59 am

Edward Tanner was employed by the Boller Brothers before he left to work for the J.C. Nichols Development Company, which built the Plaza Theater, and the Country Club Plaza District where the Plaza Theater is located. Tanner was working for J.C. Nichols as lead architect of the Plaza Theater, but the Boller Brothers were contributing designers.

tazirk on October 4, 2006 at 12:00 pm

I visited the theater recently and visited with Restoration Hardware employees. The only plaster damage that happend during renovation was the removal of the stairs to the balconey and removal of the fountain. However, if restoration is to happen at somepoint in the future, the stairs were nearly identical to the ones in the Granadas of both KC and Emporia. I could not gain access to the auditorium and had to take their word for it that they had not further altered the auditorium. From a visit previously when it was still a theater, I talked to the theater management. They said that when the balcony was partitioned that the plasterwork was preserved and just enclosed in the walls that were constructed and that restoratioin at a future date would be fairly easily done.

swdailey on September 6, 2006 at 11:26 am

Restoration Hardware completely renovated the space. Nothing of the interior of the theater remains. But, Dickinson had butchered it in the ensuing years anyway. The Palace was not open at the same time as the Plaza, so it wasn’t directly responsible for its demise, by the way.

RobbKCity on July 18, 2005 at 9:56 am

That’s a great photo of the Plaza Theater Charles. Do any interior remnants remain of the theater auditorium? Did Restoration Hardware renovate/destroy the auditorium space, or does it only occupy what was the old Spanish courtyard portion and lobby space?

HawaiiGuy on February 15, 2005 at 10:04 pm

From the way I read it, the article is from the Kansas City PUBLIC Library. It is not the thetre web site. Paul Salley is a theatre historian. It might have been his article that is in the KC Public Library. It seems the only epidemic going on is your abuse of others postings. From the postings that I have read of yours we need not worry about your intellectual properties. I have not found one theatre that you have posted to this web site, just condemnatiuon of what others have posted.

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[Deleted] on February 15, 2005 at 7:31 pm

Another plagiarist amongst us. The description above is word for word from the theatre website. There appears to be an epidemic going on here. Have you not heard of intellectual property.

mlind on February 15, 2005 at 6:46 pm

New link for website mentioned above. View link

RobbKCity on December 28, 2004 at 6:41 am

Yes, the Boller Brothers was the firm of record responsible for the design of the Plaza Theater.

JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 6:38 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.