Antioch 2 Theatre

5524 NE Antioch Road,
Kansas City, MO 64119

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Antioch 2 Theatre

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Located on Antioch Road at the edge of the Antioch Center. This was originally a single screen converted to a twin. It was located at the opposite end of the Antioch Center from the Chouteau Cinema. I could find no time line on the Antioch 2 Theatre.

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bboy85
bboy85 on July 16, 2006 at 12:18 pm

Was a Dollar theater before it closed. Now is a Berbiglia warehouse liquor store.

cerjda
cerjda on August 28, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Ok,
this was originally a commonwealth theatre.
Single auditorium with approximately 800 seats. NGC/Mann eventually took over this theatre in the transaction that also netted them the Metcalf in Overland Park and some out state theatres. Mann used it as their kiddie theatre along with the metcalf and the uptown for a period of time. Eventually, they twinned the theatre putting 300 seats in each side (thats a rough count). I had a good friend that managed that place for many years – Dale Park. I wonder what happened to him?????

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

The Antioch was built for Commonwealth Theatres in 1966. The May 9 issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported that the house would have 910 seats, and was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates. Construction was slated to begin June 15, and completion was expected by November 1.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2010 at 12:56 am

Boxoffice of June 19, 1967, displays two small photos of the Antioch Theatre.

NGC received approval from a Federal court to acquire the Antioch and Metcalf theaters in 1968, according to Boxoffice of September 30 that year. The Antioch was mentioned as a Mann theater in Boxoffice of December 12, 1977.

I’ve found the Antioch Twin identified as a Dickinson house in Boxoffice as early as December, 1996, but I’ve been unable to discover when ownership was transferred to that circuit. I haven’t been able to find out when it closed, either. It was still being mentioned in Boxoffice in early 1998.

JoelWeide
JoelWeide on August 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Dickinson acquired this and the Metcalf when they bought out Mann’s interests in Kansas and Missouri. If anyone has any links to additional information about the NGC/Federal court approval I would be interested in that information. NGC/Mann’s interests would also have included the Plaza downtown as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Here is a fresh link to the June 19, 1967, Boxoffice page with the two photos of the Antioch Theatre.

As a bonus, on this page of Boxoffice, January 15, 1968, is a photo of the Antioch’s lobby and concession stand.

MovieSnob
MovieSnob on June 28, 2013 at 1:01 am

The Antioch and Metcalf must have run every Disney film the studio churned out. The two theaters did have their share of semi-exclusives, mostly B-level stuff that wouldn’t pass muster at the drive-ins.

There was a bit of a shock when the Antioch marquee changed from, “The Love Bug” to Carroll Baker in “Paranoia” with a 4-foot tall “X” on that massive marquee. Apparently it wasn’t a big deal, because sometime later the theater ran a Swedish double bill: “Inga” and “Fanny Hill”. Other than those engagements, The Antioch played mostly G and M/GP/PG features until the late ‘70s. Of note, after “Star Wars” completed its first year at the Metcalf, it appeared on a second screen in Kansas City—The Antioch, with a semi-exclusive for six weeks or so, before going wider.

The Antioch may have been the last single-screen theater built in Kansas City.

jpr88
jpr88 on July 6, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Star Wars played exclusively at the Glenwood before opening on a second screen at Antioch.

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