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Mike Rogers, there was a Majestic Theater in Kansas City. It was downtown. I saw a picture of it on facebook today but cannot find it now.
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.