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Thanks for the link! That proves that the south boundary was what is now 123rd Street, and the north boundary was south of 121st. I have old KC Star newspaper ads in which the Leawood states that it is located at 120th and State Line, so apparently there was some re-numbering of roads at some point.
I didn’t remember the ’S'-curve type entrance road but the photos don’t lie.
I believe the “Manor” part of the name comes from being located in the building which used to house Manor Bakeries.
For photos at KC Library, go to this link: http://www.kchistory.org/index.php then type in “theater” or whatever in the search box at the upper right corner.
It’s a shame that all the links to pictures at the KC Library are dead. Some can be found, with great difficulty.
If I remember correctly, there was another Apollo theater in Kansas City, located within the Union Station building, circa 1960’s.
I saw the following movies at the Tift Theater in the summer of 1960: Huckleberry Finn, Tall Story, a couple of Toby Tyler movies, The Shaggy Dog, a short regarding the Ingemar Johansson knockout of Floyd Patterson and Trapeze. Also showing that summer, but I could not attend because I was too young to see such a “racy” movie—Room at the Top.
Can anyone recall the exact location? 120th and State Line does not look right to me. I went to this theater at least fifty times, probably closer to 75 and still cannot accurately place it.
This theater purloined it’s name from the old Leawood Drive-In which used to be located at 120th and State Line Road.
I recently saw True Grit at this location. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the interior of the theater was (most northerly theater). As another poster said, the crowd was fairly old, but I am no spring chicken myself. The only other movies I can remember seeing at the Ranchmart are Romeo and Juliet and Catch-22.
I believe the South I & II drive in opened in June 1970. I can’t find any ads in the newspaper for it prior to then. Saw a lot of movies there, the last being Dressed To Kill in ‘79 or '80. Many good times had there.