Byam Theatre

10223 Independence Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64053

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I think we’ve got the wrong name for this theater, unless the name was changed in 1959. There was a Byam Theatre in Fairmount, opened by F. L. Byam in 1937. It is described in this article from Boxoffice of January 8, 1938.

The Byam Theatre is also mentioned in this article from, as well as other Examiner items. I can’t find any mention of a Bryarn Theatre on the Internet except here and at CinemaTour, which might have gotten the name from us (or vice-versa.)

This article from the Examiner gives the address of the former location of the Fairmount Community Center, which for some time occupied the auditorium of the Byam Theatre, as 608 S. Ash Avenue. That address is right around the corner from 10223 Independence Avenue, where the Bryarn Theatre was supposed to have been. The Community Center’s address was obviously one of the former exits from the auditorium of the Byam Theatre. The former theater entrance is now a retail shop.

Centennial17 on October 2, 2011 at 11:31 am

The location for this theater is quite a ways off. It was further east in the Fairmount shopping district of Independence, Missouri. The theater was located on the south side of the three-way intersection of Huttig Avenue and U.S. 24 (Independence Avenue). There was a drugstore on one side and a restaurant on the other side of the theater.