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RobbKCity commented about Kimo Theatre on Apr 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Here’s a photograph of the Kimo Theater.

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RobbKCity commented about Regent Theatre on Apr 10, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Photo from 1950 of the Regent Theater.

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A photo of the entrance from 1925.

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A photo from 1961.

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RobbKCity commented about Regent Theatre on Apr 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm

According to the book, Kansas City Style: A social and cultural history of Kansas City as seen through its lost architecture, the Royal Theater, 1022 Main, was built by Frank Newman in 1914. The Kansas City Star reports that it opened June 10.

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The book states the Newman (aka Paramount) Theatre was built in 1918. It doesn’t state whether that was the construction completion, or opening, date though.

However, the book, Saturday Matinee in Olde KC states the Newman opened in June, 1919.

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RobbKCity commented about Screenland Armour on Apr 9, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Thanks Butch. Everyone is looking forward to having the theater open.

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RobbKCity commented about Kansas City's restored Midland, Mainstreet Theaters will reopen on Apr 9, 2008 at 4:41 pm

The architecture firm doing the renovations is:

http://www.helixkc.com/

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RobbKCity commented about Kansas City's restored Midland, Mainstreet Theaters will reopen on Apr 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

It has been reported that the restoration and renovation of the theaters is taking longer than planned, and the new opening date is scheduled for the fall.

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RobbKCity commented about Orpheum Theater on Jan 26, 2008 at 6:00 pm

Not the same theater. An annex for the Muehlebach hotel was built on the former site of the Orpheum Theatre.

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RobbKCity commented about Screenland Crown Center on Jan 14, 2008 at 10:10 pm

The Crown Center 6 is now closed.

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RobbKCity commented about Orpheum Theater on Jan 11, 2008 at 5:29 pm

A photo of the Orpheum Theatre from the late 1940s.

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RobbKCity commented about Globe Theater on Jan 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Here is a 1910 photo showing the first Globe Theater at 1112 Walnut.

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RobbKCity commented about Midland Theatre on Dec 8, 2007 at 11:29 am

AEG Live has been chosen to manage the Midland after it reopens.

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RobbKCity commented about Gem Theatre on Nov 21, 2007 at 10:20 am

Don, that’s a lovely picture.

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RobbKCity commented about Screenland Armour on Oct 27, 2007 at 8:24 am

The Kansas City Star reported on Oct. 27 that the historic Armour Theatre in N. Kansas City, Missouri will receive a tax abatement of $600,000 for renovation of the building—almost half the cost of the restoration.

The Star article reported:

“The North Kansas City Council this week approved a redevelopment plan for the Armour Theatre building.

The redevelopment agreement calls for building owner Butch Rigby to receive property tax abatements over a 10-year period to help pay for the restoration. To allow the issuance of those tax abatements, the council officially declared the building a blighted property."

Butch Rigby is a local theater operator of Screenland, and known for restoring the historic Granada Theater in Kansas City, Kansas, which is an atmospheric theater designed by the Boller Brothers, then a local firm.

The Star article also reported:

“'I believe very strongly in how beautiful this building is and how it will be an important part of this community,” Rigby told the council. “I want to make it something that you can be proud of again.'

Rigby operates the Screenland Crossroads Theatre at 17th and Washington streets, which used to be a frozen-food storage facility. He also runs the Screenland Granada in Kansas City, Kan.

Rigby purchased the Armour Theatre Building from the city for $600,000 in August. He plans a $1.4 million renovation that will restore the single-screen cinema, which stopped showing movies more than 20 years ago."

While the Granada Theater restoration was lauded by the local community, the theater struggles to find an audience.

The Armour Theatre was also known as various times as the Centre and Paradise Theater. It seated between 650 and 700 people. It was most recently used as a live performance theater for a country and western music show called the Northland Opry.

Kansas City Star article (link may go dead at some point)

http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/335241.html

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RobbKCity commented about Aladdin Theatre on Oct 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

The alternate address for this theater building is:

6044 Truman Rd
Kansas City, MO 64127

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RobbKCity commented about Aladdin Theatre on Oct 13, 2007 at 1:30 pm

The Aladdin Theater (Calvary Church) is for sale for $275,000. The facade features colorful, ornamental terra cotta in a Spanish Mission style, and there is potential for retail space in the front of the building with a corner exposure (Truman Road and Belmont).

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Very large church facility with big chapel area, with 500+ seating capacity. Kitchen and dining area also on main level, along with smaller meeting/chapel rooms, office, storage, etc. Many upgrades over recent years has this property in great condition. Sold with parking lot west of building MLS#1342792 Keller Williams Eastland, Independence, Missouri, David Bryan, realtor.

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RobbKCity commented about Isis Theater on Sep 10, 2007 at 9:19 am

Interesting link to the Isis Theater programming

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RobbKCity commented about Sam S. Shubert Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Street scene showing the Shubert Theatre.

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RobbKCity commented about Roxy Theater on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:54 pm

Street scene showing the Liberty during the holidays.

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RobbKCity commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:49 pm

When it was the Newman Theater.

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RobbKCity commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Postcard from around 1948.

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RobbKCity commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:46 pm

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RobbKCity commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 8, 2007 at 12:44 pm

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RobbKCity commented about Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet on Sep 5, 2007 at 5:45 pm

The Empire was at one time a four-plex theater with screening spaces carved out of additional footage in what was formerly the playroom, lounge area, the upper mezzanine lobby, and the balcony. That with the main auditorium.

There is also additional space in the basement where there were cages for animals and a seal tank, as well as the dressing rooms. There is a also a rather large space behind the original staging area. It was a vaudeville theater originally, not a movie theater.

In addition, a new building. that is reportedly going to be attached, is being constructed to the west of the theater building on a vacant block that takes up half the block.

Apparently, whatever is being done is passing muster with the National Trust, who has already approved the restoration plan since historic tax credits are being used.

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RobbKCity commented about Sun Theatre on Sep 3, 2007 at 9:28 am

The Sun Theater was also known as the Mayfield Theater.

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RobbKCity commented about Palace Theatre on Sep 2, 2007 at 8:13 am

The Palace Theater was open at late as 1944 according to the Chris Wilborn book: Where the Streetcar Stops. Movies were 15 cents.