Mission Theatre

5909 Johnson Drive,
Mission, KS 66202

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Dickinson Top Two Theatre

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This theatre opened in 1938 under ownership of Glen W. Dickinson Sr. (Dickinson Theatres) and was known simply as the Dickinson Theatre, with a seating capacity for 560.

In 1982, the Fine Arts Group was founded with the re-opening of the Dickinson Theatre as the Fine Arts Theatre and it was twinned. Its purpose was to exhibit and promote first run and specialized programs not available in mall theaters. Art and foreign video rentals were also available in the lobby.

The Fine Arts Operated here until 2002 when the original owner, Dickinson Theatres, again began operation as the Dickinson Top Two Theatre. The theatre played discounted second-run films and was open only on weekends. The theatre also hosted live performances by the Theatre For Young America and other live acts such as puppet shows.

In 2006, it was renamed Mission Theatre, playing classic movies and hosting weddings and special events.

Contributed by Clay Jarratt

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 10, 2005 at 12:28 pm

I didn’t find the date that it was twinned, but I did find the day that it first opened. That was October 20, 1938. This theater is listed as the oldest operating movie theater in the Kansas City area.

ExTop2Employee
ExTop2Employee on July 1, 2005 at 9:40 am

It wasn’t a twin to begin with and I’m sorry but i don’t know when it was twinned.

ExTop2Employee
ExTop2Employee on July 1, 2005 at 9:41 am

And it closed a while back…. I used to work there…:(

claydoh77
claydoh77 on February 9, 2006 at 3:47 pm

The Dickenson Top Two Theatre is now gone from this location and it is now owned by a photograpy company called Kansas Memories. Check out: http://www.themissiontheatre.com/about.html

Their website mentions that the first events at this new venue are to begin in July of 2006, weddings, parties, etc… and that there will sometimes be classic & family movies shown.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

This is a night view of the Fine Arts or whatever its current name is.

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on March 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm

It was twined when the fine arts folks had it I believe

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 6, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Listed as the Dickinson Theater in 1955 with 710 seats.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Nice looking Theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Now called the Mission Theatre and hosts wedding and events, but shows the occasional classic movie.

http://www.themissiontheatre.com

Glen Wood Dickinson III
Glen Wood Dickinson III on December 12, 2012 at 11:12 am

This was built by Glen Sr. and opened in 1938. I spent many a Saturday afternoon at the old Dickinson.

Glen III

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