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Spent many nights watching movies at the State while I was a teacher in Madison during the 70’s. The state was not fancy, but had the better movies. Moberly was fortunate to be able to support 2 downtown theaters and a drive in all at the same time.
This theater is located a block north of where this picture in the satellite map is located. The building is gone. Torn down in the late 60’s. I never attended the theater but I do remember it being an operating theater during the 50’s and 60’s. I believe there had been a fire just before it was torn down. But it did stay vacant for a longtime.
I remember spending so much time here. During the summer, students could purchase tickets for .25 for Wednesday matinee shows. That was during the 60’s. So sad it is gone.
When I was a student at Truman during the 70’s we made many trips to Macon to the Royal for movies. It was not very plush inside. The candy counter used a cigar box for change. Glad it is still being used.
Caruthersville at one time had 3 operating theaters. The Rodgers on 3rd st, the Stadium and Gem on Ward Ave. Both Stadium and Gem were in the same block. All gone now. Stadium is still standing but is now a woodworking shop.
The 4th St. was the better of the 2 theaters in Moberly when I lived and taught in Madison. But the State always had the better movies. This was during the late 70’s.
There were other downtown theaters in Mexico. I remember the REX, which was located on West Promenade St. I know it was closed in the 60’s, but notsure when. I do remember seeing the marque lights light a few times. I know there was a fire there before it was torn down to make a parking lot. If anyone has pictures of this theater or any information on it, I would like to be contacted. Thanks
I lived in Caruthersville, during the 80’s and early 90’s. The GEM was open then. It showed 2nd run movies. The seats were red and rocked. It closed sometime in the 90’s not the 50’s. It was not white brick. The one just up the street is probably the one you are referring to. IT was called the Stadium, I think. The GEM had been a grocery store before becoming a theater.
I attended College in Kirksville during the 1970’s and early 80’s. My girlfriend worked the ticket booth at the Kennedy and I use to go to the “show” a lot!. I remember seeing a re-release of Gone With the Wind, the only time I have actually seen it in a movie theater. The Kennedy was the only game in town and an easy walk from campus. I well remember MRs. Brown and the B and B record show just up the street.
I grew up in Mexico, and was a regular at the Liberty. I was told it was the largest theater at the time it was built between St. Louis and Kansas City. It was built by the Cassius M Clay family. During the summer in the 50’s and 60’s the schools would sell ticket books for Wednesday afternoon matinee for $.25. This was a thrill for the neighborhood kids to spend the afternoon at the movies. The last movie I saw at the Liberty was “Family Plot” by Alfred Hitchcock. Not sure of the year. I was extremely disappointed in the demise of the Liberty. It was a landmark in Mexico. It was located at the corner of Liberty (hence the name) and Jefferson St. Located in the same block and connected to the theater was the Hoxey Hotel. The Mexico Jaycee organization used the theater as a haunted house and it was so badly destroyed that the theater was beyond repair.