Englewood Theater

10917 E. Winner Road,
Independence, MO 64052

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DavidZornig on May 10, 2015 at 8:43 am

This piece aired this morning on “CBS Sunday Morning”. There are a few shots of the Englewood Theater. Copy & paste to view.


ThomasWMutherJr on December 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

They have reopened the Englewood—at least temporarily—with a week-long run of “The Sound of Music.” I spoke to one of the managers there and there are plans to start showing classic films again in the theater, but nothing is definite yet after this run is over.

chambers4 on September 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Trying to get the support to get this reopened showing classics. “Bring Back The Englewood Theatre!” is the Facebook page with some information

RobTomlin on March 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I drive by the Englewood every day on my way to work and it makes me heartsick to see it closed down. All through the 90s you could find me on Tuesday nights (2 Dollar Tuesdays) in my regular seat (third row center). I’ve spent so many hours there watching so many awesome movies that I can say the Englewood has been like movie college for me. I really love that place.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on January 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I was hoping that the Englewood Theater was going to re-open last Summer, but that did not happen. Rumor is that there were problems between the owner and Independence City Government. I was out in that are last week and several of the neighbors have heard sad news that the Englewood will be gutted in the near future with all the contents going to another Theater project outside of Independence, MO. I think it is going on more than 3 years since it was last opened, so the info must be true. I know that the Fine Arts Theater has never opened for the same reason – problems with permits and the Shawnee City Government. Maybe the Fine Arts Group or Mr. Williams should come to Lee’s Summit, MO where they will be greeted with opened arms and full assistance especially if they were to open a vintage style movie theater in the historic downtown district. When I think of all the movies that I would have loved to have seen at the Englewood – it just pains me to see this beautiful retro movie theater closed (guess I could say the same thing for two downtown theaters in Kansas City, KS – The Granada and the Avenue Theaters

rivest266 on December 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

Still no showtimes, should be marked as closed.

touchdowncurly on December 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Loved going to the Englewood in the 90s when they ran classic films on that 50 foot screen. Ben Hur in particular comes to mind. I sincerly hope it can reopen as a revival house and show the old movies again.

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 16, 2007 at 4:25 pm

I know the reason to add screens but my personal opinion is it’s a mistake. Main reason is many patrons think they are coming to see a movie in a large cool theater but instead will be in a viewing room. The Englewood can make it as a single screen if run properly. We ran a late show of the original “Night of the Living Dead” with modest promotion and had a decent turnout. Also, avoiding past problems like a manager skimming off the top by hiring good help is also key.

stony132 on October 6, 2007 at 8:50 pm

I spoke to Mr. Williams, the owner of the Englewood. I’m sorry to say he was very discouraged. He is having trouble with the city over a building permit for the company working on the theater. He mentioned having spent thousands to update the theater to its present state and wanted some cooperation from the city.
We live about an hour from the theater, but always enjoyed dinner and an Englewood movie. We were disappointed that the local folks did not support this great theater with more attendance. A step back in time to great seats, good popcorn, good prices, and that great 50 foot screen.

pramao on August 2, 2007 at 4:35 am

So can anyone tell me definitely – for sure – that the Englewood Theatre in Independence, Mo will reopen? I drive by and see people working, but can’t tell if they are remodeling or demolishing. What gives?

Aparofan on June 24, 2007 at 2:47 pm

The theater’s been closed for quite some time. I think the Fine Arts Group is adding a second screen next door where the old Ben Franklin used to be but I’m not sure. They did a nice job with the renovation a few years ago but I miss the place being a revival house. First run movies are fine but some of the things they show there are kind of odd for the neighborhood. I don’t think art house fare will play that well in that part of Independence. I went there every week when it was a revival house. I saw great movies like Lawrence Of Arabia, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Ben Hur, Gone With The Wind, and many, many others there. I hope it reopens soon and they start playing classic movies again.

plumnbagel on December 8, 2005 at 10:18 am

I used to work at the Englewood when it first reopened. It is a part of the Fine Arts group of theaters in the Kansas City metro area. You can see a picture of the marquee at View link

Falcon on February 29, 2004 at 9:46 am

I grew up in Independence and as a child, either walked or got dropped off at the Englewood on many occasions. My very first memory of the Englewood was when my mother took me there to see “Song of the South”. During the scene where the little boy was gored by the bull and close to dying, I started crying so hard that my mom had to take me into the “cry room”. It was a small room at the back and to the side where you could still hear the movie and watch it through a big glass window, but crying children didn’t disburb the other movie goers. As a teen, I found it a great place to hang out (and “make out”). Up until about 2 years ago, the Englewood was showing old classic movies. We saw several there—Show Boat, Rear Window, White Christmas and others, including Grease. Grease was great (I saw it there 3 times) because the audience would sing along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. I always took my kids and their friends—it was a blast. The “Passion” is playing there now and I plan on seeing it one day next week. The huge screen should work well for the Passion. I would encourage anyone that comes to historic Independence to make the Englewood Theater one of your stops. It’s only minutes away from the Harry S. Truman Library and the Truman home. It’s a step back in time that really brings back wonderful memories for me.

jlaney505 on February 15, 2004 at 10:52 am

This theater is a great place to see a movie. Real stand outs are: 1. the location – it’s like a back to the future scene; you feel like you are back in the 50’s when you park and walk up to the theater.
2. the seats are comfortable and the wide rows are a real treat – it feels spacious and comfortable as you settle in
3. the old fashioned cartoon they play at the beginning is a hoot and the 50’s version of playing and singing the national anthem is great
4. the decor, the big screen and the screen curtains all add to the experience.