Roanoke Theatre

3824 Summit Street,
Kansas City, MO 64111

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Roanoke Theater in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The Spillane Theatre was opened prior to February 1918. By 1924 it had been renamed Roanoke Theatre. It was another small neighborhood theatre located on Summit Street at 39th Street. It was just a short distance from the Vogue Theatre on Broadway. The Roanoke Theatre was still open in 1943, but had closed by 1950. It has since been demolished.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2011 at 4:29 am

The Roanoke Theatre at 39th and Summit Streets was mentioned in the February 16, 1924, issue of The Reel Journal. The house had just been purchased by L. J. Lenhart, formerly of the Gladstone Theatre. Mr.Lenhart planned to expand the Roanoke by about 200 seats, remodel the front, and redecorate throughout.

KCB3Player on December 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

Did the Roanoke Theater become the Glen Theater or was that another one?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

The Westport Theatre became the Glen, according to our Glen page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

The autumn, 2009, issue of the Jackson County Historical Society’s quarterly had an article about Kansas City’s neighborhood theaters, and had this to say about the Roanoke:

“Little has been found about the Roanoke Theater. It was in operation as the Spillane by November 1918. By 1924, it was the Roanoke; it appears to have closed by May 1929, but was in operation again by September 1930 and was operating in 1937 as part of the Fox chain.”
This item from the November 3, 1917, issue of The Moving Picture World indicates that the house had not yet been built then:
“KANSAS CITY. MO. — Tim Spillane, 832 Reserve Bank building, has temporarily abandoned plan to erect theater at 39th and Summit streets, to cost $40,000.”
November, 1918, is the earliest mention I’ve found in the trades of the Spillane Theatre being in operation.

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