Pharaoh 4 Cinemas

114 West Maple Street,
Independence, MO 64050

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Pharaoh 4 Cinemas

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The Independence Square Cinema, located near the historic Independence Square, got its name from the same. It first opened in June, 1975 as a twin-screen cinema and features first run attractions.

The building is rather impressive with the dark red color and dark brown trim. Canvas balloon awnings over the poster cases and front doors. Colonial style lanterns are on each side of the second floor windows with a large cinema sign between the windows and above the front entrance.

In around 2008, it was renamed Pharaoh 4 Cinemas and is operated by the independent Globe Cinemas company.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Aparofan
Aparofan on June 24, 2007 at 5:43 pm

This was one of my favorite theaters growing up. It was down the street from my junior high school and my mom worked across the street for several years. I spent a lot of time at the arcade that was right next door too. It opened in the early ‘70’s as a Mid-America theater. By the early '90’s, it was a dollar house and the owners weren’t keeping up with the upkeep. It had fallen into disrepair. Globe Cinemas bought the theater a few years ago and totally renovated the inside and outside. They renamed it the Pharaoh and turned it into a first run house again. Here are some pictures of the new exterior.

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It’s now a real nice theater that doesn’t draw the huge crowds the megaplex on the other side of the city does. It’s a nice moviegoing experience.

Aparofan
Aparofan on June 29, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Here’s a newspaper ad celebrating the opening of this theater on June 20, 1975.

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Aparofan
Aparofan on September 18, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Thanks for the plug Lost Memory. I go here often because it’s not too crowded and it’s a nice reminder of my childhood.

Aparofan
Aparofan on September 18, 2008 at 5:30 pm

It’s run by Globe Cinemas. Here’s their site.

www.globecinemas.com

They also run the Twin and I-70 drive-ins.

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