Chelsea Theatre

200 West Fourth Street,
Kansas City, MO 64105

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The Chelsea Theatre was another of the old downtown Kansas City theatres. It was located on West Fourth Street at Wyandotte Street. I could find no time line on the Chelsea.

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claydoh77
claydoh77 on June 27, 2005 at 9:13 am

The Chelsea, also known as the Old Chelsea Theatre & Chelsea Quay, operated as an adult movie & strip-club from June 1972 to July 2000 . Seated approximately 200 with 1 screen. I don’t have info as to its days as a legitimate, first or second run theatre. In August of 2000 it was renovated and re-opened by a Live Comedy Troupe “Late Night Theatre” but that was very short lived & the theatre was torn down in the summer of 2001 fpr planned developments.

A friend who attended a few of the plays in 2000-2001 told me how amused she was with the wallpaper in the women’s restroom, it was metallic gold with brown velvet-like flocking in the shape of people in “positions”. The lobby still had the 70’s look with shag carpet & velvet wallpaper.

The site is now slated for development of a $40 Million 6-story office/residential tower.

There was also an earlier Chelsea theatre at 1228 Broadway in Downtown.

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on July 26, 2007 at 8:00 pm

The former Chelsea Theatre site is now home to a new building housing the local headquarters of the architecture firm of HOK Event + Sport + Venue.

Dallas
Dallas on September 15, 2007 at 12:22 pm

I headlined at The Old Chelsea Theatre from 1978 to 1985. If you have any questions about the place, I can probably answer them for you.

Dallas Electra

LamarMovies
LamarMovies on September 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm

My father to me to the Chelsea for my 18th birthday in 1987. I was hoping to see an old photo of it.

MovieSnob
MovieSnob on June 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I heard a story about the preview night at The Old Chelsea (popcorn was always gratis—“Free corn with porn”), which included invitations to every television station’s anchors and reporters.

I was told, had the theater been raided that night, there would not have been a 10pm newscast on any station in the city.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm

This article from the Kansas City Business Journal of June 25, 2000, says that the Chelsea Theatre had run its last show on June 15. The only other information about the theater was that it had about 200 seats and a large stage, had been presenting adult entertainment for about a quarter of a century, and occupied a building from the early 20th century that had once housed a glove factory.

Somebody has bothered to give the Chelsea Theatre a page at Emporis, but the only useful information is that construction on the building ended in 1972. That suggests that it was converted from its former use at that time, so it must never have operated as anything other than an adult theater. Internet searches fetch quite a few results for the Old Chelsea Theatre (as they usually call it), but all of them refer to events from the 1970s or later. It appears that the house usually presented live burlesque, with movies as an added attraction.

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