Metro North Mall 6 Theatre

400 NW Barry Road,
Kansas City, MO 64155

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jasonmovieman
jasonmovieman on February 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm

The last movie I saw here was Set It Off and that was in November of 1996. I believe it closed the following year, but not sure.

amberj1999
amberj1999 on August 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm

That is so creepy because I used to go to this one all the time and have no recollection of the shooting. I am trying to remember when it closed; I remember that I drove to the mall and it was still there and that was in 1996. I know the reason for the closing was because of AMC Barrywoods opened up and everyone started going there instead. Just like now the mall is a ghost town because of Zona Rosa. I miss that mall so much and I hate Zona Rosa. Who wants to go shopping outside unless it’s 70 degrees out? Ridiculous! Anyway, I am still floored about the shooting. If anyone has any more information, please share!

Needy
Needy on March 4, 2009 at 8:09 am

How odd. What was the movie you were seeing when it happened? I’m assuming you never went back to this theater?

What year did it close exactly?

angelic2
angelic2 on March 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

I was actually in the theatre next to the shooting when it happend. I was watching a movie with my Mom. When we came out they were removing people from the theatre into a closed store across the walkway. They interviewed all of the people in the Robin Hood movie before releasing them.

I truly believe the fall of the Metro North Mall had a lot to do with Independence Center. I know this may sound crazy but everyone I knew from south would always talk about this. Everyone from south would come to Metro North Mall, when Independence Center was renovated and opened up, they started adding all of the “hip” stores. Once this happend Metro North slowly lost some of the smaller stores, once Zona Rosa oppened the larger stores started moving.

I don’t know if this is true or not but an employee at one of the stores in Metro told me the owners of Zona Rosa were the same (probably through loop after loop) and they let certain people out of their Metro leases to move to Zona Rosa.

Needy
Needy on February 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

Edit: My above comment about Derek pleading guilty was pasted in the wrong area. That should be above the 2nd to last paragraph

Needy
Needy on February 27, 2009 at 8:42 am

First of all, this is in reference to the theater INSIDE THE MALL, NOT the stand alone theater outside of the mall.

The first commentor was correct. I researched the KC Star and saw that there was a murder. The murderer was 15 year old Derek Clouse who, under orders from his dad, shot his mom during a showing of “Robin Hood: Men In Tights.”

From KC Star on August 11, 1993:
Police took an unidentified 15-year-old boy into custody Tuesday evening after he allegedly shot his mother to death at a Kansas City, North, movie theater.

Witnesses at the Metro North Mall Theater said the teen-ager shot his mother five or six times with a revolver only moments before the 5:20 p.m. showing of “Robin Hood: Men in Tights. ” The 43-year-old Kansas City, North, woman – who suffered wounds to the upper body – was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name had not been released several hours after the shooting, pending notification of relatives.

Police took the youth to the Clay County Juvenile Justice Center for investigation of murder.

Capt. Vince McInerney, a Kansas City Police Department spokesman, said the youth could not be interviewed until juvenile court authorities were present.

McInerney said off-duty police officers working security at the Metro North shopping center, 400 N.W. Barry Road, took the youth into custody.

According to some of the 25 to 30 audience members, three to six shots were fired just as the coming attractions ended.

“I hear this popping noise, and three or four shots went off,” said Rita Moburg of Kansas City, North. She was sitting with her two children in the row of seats in front of the victim.

“I turned around, and I could see sparks coming out,” she said. “Then he took off running. ” Moburg said she covered her children’s faces as the victim, bloody and apparently wounded in the head, slumped behind her.

While an off-duty Kansas City firefighter rushed to the victim, another moviegoer – Blake Sterzinger, 24, a graduate student from Leavenworth – chased and grabbed the teen-ager.

Sterzinger, who was sitting only three feet away, said he saw the “whole thing in front of me, in silhouette; I saw the muzzle flash. ” He said he saw the youth, who was wearing a baseball cap, drop the gun and run toward an exit.

He said he ran after the youth. “It just seemed like the thing to do, I didn’t think about it much, I just acted. ” Sterzinger said he caught the youth, who did not resist, at the doors leading into the theater. He said he restrained the youth and escorted him into the theater lobby.

“He (the youth) shouted to call 911. Those were his first words,” Sterzinger said.

Before authorities arrived, Sterzinger said, he talked to the youth who allegedly said: “I don’t know why I did it. ” Sterzinger said the youth told him that he had stolen the gun from his father and didn’t know it was loaded.

“He was so shocked; he was white as a sheet,” Sterzinger said.

Aaron Udell, a Lenexa teen-ager, had turned around in his seat just before the shooting began.

“I watched him pull out the gun,” said Aaron, 13. “I don’t know why I turned around. ” Aaron said he also saw flashes.

John Donnelly, an off-duty Kansas City firefighter who was sitting near the victim, said he heard “five or six pops. ” “I heard the pops. I thought that at first it was fireworks. ” His wife, Sandra, said she heard someone laughing just before the shots rang out that sounded “inappropriate. ” Moviegoers reacted immediately to the gunshots but didn’t panic.

Some stood and shouted for ushers to stop the film and raise the lights. Others ducked under seats, afraid the gunman would fire randomly.

According to police, the maternal grandparents of the youth and the victim’s husband arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting.

For the next hour, shopping center patrons and moviegoers gathered outside the theaters, watching the manager’s office door, where police held the suspect.

“I can’t believe it was just a young kid,” Moburg said, shaking slightly. “Can you imagine? ”

Here’s a blurb from another article from the KC Star from 1994:
Lawrence Clouse was sentenced to life in prison without parole in December after he coerced his 15-year-old son, Derek Clouse , into killing the boy’s mother. Lawrence and Paula Clouse were in the midst of a bitter divorce when the killing occurred in a Kansas City, North, movie theater in 1993.

Does anyone know exactly WHEN the indoor theater closed down and the outdoor one opened up????? Is this when the mall really started going downhill or when Montgomery Wards closed?

Earlier this year, Derek Clouse pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life. He could be eligible for parole in about 15 years.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on June 20, 2008 at 9:30 pm

The SDDS is there because AMC was a big backer of the format.

Didn’t this theatre also have THX?

BowerR64
BowerR64 on April 25, 2008 at 11:52 pm

I just recently found out that the metro plaza theatre was showing movies, i thought they had closed. I started going again this year. Ive only seen about 5 or so this year, so far. Tonight went and watched vantage point then fools gold. Fools gold was playing in the SDDS theatre and i was sad to hear distortion and poping sounds from the speakers. They should just disconect the 8 channel SDDS and run strictly the 5.1 or even the 3.1 because they arnt even recording that many movies anymore in the 8 channel SDDS format.

After the movie i went down and took a peek at the speakers and there are 2 large cabnets under the curtin and it sounds as if 1 or 2 of the drivers are just old and in need of replacement. Years and years of explosions and gun fire have just warn out the cones. Paper cone drivers wear out over time and im sure they are past their time.

Ide be willing to help out management finding replacement drivers for free just to see it fixed and in working condition. This is the best theatre in the place and it seems to be in the worst condition.

Im not talking replacing the whole system just replacing the speaker drivers that take the most abuse. These large bass speakers take a pounding in action movies now days. They will eventualy blow and could possibly take out the amps then your talking money.

karlyjm
karlyjm on February 6, 2008 at 8:56 pm

That is the reason that it closed down, there were probably other reasons that went along with that too. I assume that once it happened nobody really felt like they wanted to go there since of the stigma around it, so they lost business and just couldnt' afford to stay open. The entire mall is pretty much closed.

They should be starting the building of a brand new mall here. Before I moved away from KC in May they were going to start construction soon. The new construction includes the Metro North Cinemas that is disconnected from the theatre to be included within the mall. I worked at Metro North Cinemas September 06 to May 07 and we were fearing the closing of us soon. Right now they are still opened but are still unsure of when they will be closing.

Their plans for the new Metro north Mall are to make it like Zona Rosa is.. an outside kind of mall. Good luck to them I guess.

woodyg1
woodyg1 on January 21, 2007 at 1:53 am

The Theatre is not Metro North Theatre. Metro North Theatre is across the street and is $2.00.Metro North Mall 6 was inside the Mall and has been closed for some time and for probably the reason bboy85 (above) said
Don’t believe everything you read and only part of what you hear.

TrinaSamson
TrinaSamson on October 20, 2006 at 5:59 am

Dont believe everything you read amd only part of what you hear. This Theatre is now called Metro North Cinema and is only $2.00 per ticket. Call and see for yourself 816-436-9622. They are open!

TrinaSamson
TrinaSamson on October 20, 2006 at 5:59 am

Dont believe everything you read amd only part of what you hear. This Theatre is now called Metro North Cinema and is only $2.00 per ticket. Call and see for yourself 816-436-9622. They are open!

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 16, 2006 at 12:54 pm

What was the movie, Stepmom? Mother? Mrs. Doubtfire? Psycho? Was it any woman’s picture? I’m interested.

bboy85
bboy85 on July 16, 2006 at 10:06 am

The Closing of this theatre was probably directly related to a teenage boy shooting his mother in the middle of a crowded theatre. I remember that the theatre closed with in the year after the event accord. It is rumored that the carpet of the theatre is still stained. There has been talk of the space being renovated in to a food court for years but has not been seen. With Montgomery Wards going out of business the whole mall seems to be slowing closing up. I doubt that anything will open in this space.