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byrdr commented about Academy Theater on Aug 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm

You can get pizza from flying pie pizzaria while you are there.

byrdr commented about Malone Theater on Jul 12, 2009 at 7:27 am

The Malone Theater sat between an insurance office on the left(I think as it has been some time since I lived there)and Red’s Bar on the right. In the 1980’s it was renovated and renamed the Chaney Harris Cultural Center. Live performances of Children’s Little Theater and the Sikeston High School Drama Club were shown. An electrical fire closed it around February or March of 1985. The boarded up ticket in the linked photo looks as though it was taken close to that time. After being found structurally unsound it was demolished in August of 1985. The last time I visited, both the bar and insurance office remained. The area where the theater was located is nothing but grass, just as across the street were the Dunn Hotel was formerly located. This is typical of Sikeston to just demolish rather than preserve. This hotel was once on the National Historic Register, and they let it fall to ruin. At least someone came to harvest the wonderful wood instead of wasting it. I now live in Portland Oregon and love how they renovate older buildings along with theaters, instead of tearing them down and throwing up some poorly made building or leaving it an ugly, open lot. One of my favorite theaters here is the Academy Theater located at 7818 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215.