Joplin 6 Cinemas

1110 East 7th Street,
Joplin, MO 64801

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The Joplin 6 was located on East 7th Street at S. Michigan Avenue. It was opened as a first run house by Hollywood Theaters, then became part of the Wallace Theatre Chain.

The front of the theatre was very impressive when it first opened with the front built out from the theatre building. It has a flat section in the middle with the theatre name in neon and flat attration panels on each side.

It has a nice lobby but the auditoriums are small and cramped. The theatre was a little run down the last time I was there. When the Hollywood Northstar 14 opened the Joplin 6 was religated to a sub-run discount policy.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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rhodapenmark
rhodapenmark on October 30, 2006 at 7:45 pm

The last few times (2006) I have attended this theater it seemed as if things were getting better. It was cleaner and better-maintained than I had seen it in several years, and the staff seemed much more competent than in recent years as well.

In 2002-2005 there were rumors of rodent infestation and definite signs of decline, such as leaking ceiling tiles and large stains on the carpet. The stains remain. These problems seem mainly resigned to the lobby as the auditoriums seemed to be in decent condition (though somewhat unclean). I find it somewhat sad that this theater has declined so rapidly. A decade ago it was quite a showpiece with its mirrored fountain and immaculate bathrooms (now ridden with grafitti).

Clearmoon
Clearmoon on August 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Demolished, in early 2009

rivest266
rivest266 on August 17, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Nobody in Joplin seems to know when did this open.

Mike,

I regret that I have not been able to find any information on the opening of either the AMC Joplin 6 or the Northstar 14 theatres. We have extensive files concerning the historic theatres of Joplin, but none on these more recent theatres. I did some internet research and combed through our newspaper databases as well and again, came up with nothing. I can say anecdotally that Northstar 14 opened for the holiday season in either 1998 or 1999 because I worked there at the time of the opening. I’m fairly certain it was 1999 but I can’t remember if I was 16 or 17, hence the hesitation. I did find a Joplin Globe article from May 2008 discussing the closing of Cinema 6, but could not find information in regards to the opening.

-Stephanie

Reference Department Joplin Public Library 300 S Main St Joplin, MO 64801

417-624-5465

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