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I believe that was the admission schedule at the bottom of the KC ad. I need to dig out the original copy I printed off the microfilm. The Midland had an exclusive on it for a while so it was kind of like a roadshow minus the reserved seats.
Here’s a scan of the opening day ad in Kansas City. I had to crop out the top since it didn’t fit on the microfilm machine. I miss the days of huge movie ads in newspapers.
Another great article Michael. I’ll never forget seeing it at the Midland in Kansas City for my 10th birthday.
I saw it sometime during its first run at the Midland in Kansas City, a gorgoeus movie palace with a huge screen and great sound. It was in 70mm but I was a little young to fully appreciate it. I was nine years old and it scared me half to death. My dad thought it was going to be more like Star Wars and was pretty shocked when it wasn’t. I’d think the R rating would have tipped him off. We stayed for the whole thing though. To this day, it’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.
I’m pretty sure this theater opened in the mid 80’s. I remember going there in high school and I graduated in 1988. It’s a little run down now but it’s a decent second run house.
Thanks for the link. My earlier links weren’t very user friendly.
Thanks for the list. I have some of the Cinerama ads from the Empire but not all of them. It’s great to see all the opening dates.
We ended up going yesterday and had a great time. AMC did a wonderful job renovating the place and everything was very nice. While I wish they would have tried to recreate the original theater, the new theater is very modern and high tech. I’m thrilled that there are movies being shown again at 14th and Main. I took a punch of pictures and posted them on my Flickr page.
My wife and I are planning on going sometime this weekend. I’m looking forward to it. Claydoh77, I was going through some old comments about the Glenwood and saw that you had postcards from when the place opened. I’d love to see them. I’ve been looking for them for quite a while. Please e-mail me at
Today’s Kansas City Star has a pretty good article about the new Mainstreet. It promises to be quite a place.
My buddy and I went downtown today and took a bunch of pictures. The restaurant off the lobby is open but the actual theater is a little behind. It’s due to open May 1. The KC police officer who was watching the place let us into the lobby so I got a couple of shots of the interior of the lobby. It looks great. I also took a couple of pictures through the window that turned out pretty good too.
Here’s a 1997 shot of the State.
Here’s a 1997 shot of the Skyway.
Here’s a 1997 shot of the Orpheum.
I drove by the theater last night and the exterior looks fantastic. The inside was still being worked on but everthing looks great. I can’t wait for it to reopen. Here are a couple of shots I took from my car while waiting at the light. It snowed earlier so there my windshield was still pretty wet.
I just drove by the theater about an hour or so ago and I didn’t see any AMC signage although I was driving and didn’t get a great look. I did see the support for the vertical marquee and the lights were on so I got a very quick look at the interior. I’m real excited to see it open.
Here are some shots I took yesterday while it was snowing outside.
I can’t believe it’s been 30 years. I saw it on opening weekend when I was eight years old at the Empire in Kansas City and was blown away. At the time I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t exactly like the comic but as I got older I liked it more and more. It remains my favorite superhero movie and my favorite John Williams score.
These are great! Any chance for Kansas City?
It’s run by Globe Cinemas. Here’s their site.
They also run the Twin and I-70 drive-ins.
Thanks for the plug Lost Memory. I go here often because it’s not too crowded and it’s a nice reminder of my childhood.
Here are some ads from the theater’s opening in December, 1971.
Here are a couple of pictures I took on August 16.
Here are three photos I took on August 16. It looks pretty good.
Here’s another photo I took on August 16. It doesn’t look like they’ve progressed very much.