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I, too, saw “2001, A Space Odessey” in the summer of 1968 at the Denver Cooper theatre. I was spending the summer in Aspen doing an art summer school. Some buddies of mine drove down to Denver to see the film. While we were inside, being blown away by Kubrick’s amazing film – there began a forest fire on nearby Mount Evans! When we exited the theatre – we were stoned on the film – we walked into a hazy, smoky landscape. We were in hardly any shape to drive back to Aspen until we pulled ourselves together. Great theatre – they don’t, and never will, make ‘em like that anymore.
The KIMO probably did close in 1952, BUT it reopened, and was an art house movie theatre during the 1960’s, showing mosly foreign flix. Then it became a porno theatre called the Dove. It was then torn down in the 1990’s to make room for a COSTCO complex.
My research in KC on the Ashland showed that it started as an open-air theatre in the 20’s, progressed to roadshow vaudeville and then to a covered movie house. It was my neighborhood theatre as a child. I wish I could find a photo of the front, all I have is a photo of the rear stage building that was a storage area. The front had already been torn down. I saw wild animals on stage there once, part of a stage show. It had a main screen with smaller screen/stages on each side of the main. Usually these were curtained, but during the holidays, they held large holiday displays – stand-up figures of Santa Clause, etc.
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