New Center Theater

East 15th Street and Troost Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64052

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New Center Theater, 1920

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The only information on this theater is that it was located in an eight-story building at East 15th Street and Troost Avenue. It was opened prior to 1925. It is presumed it was demolished for freeway construction.

Contributed by Robb Roberts

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spectrum
spectrum on September 26, 2007 at 6:42 pm

In the 1936 American Film Review annual, the New Center is listed as having 1,400 seats and it was closed at that time.

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on August 4, 2011 at 12:35 am

15th Street was renamed Truman Road.

Here is a link to a photo of the New Center Theater.

http://kchistory.org/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/Montgomery&CISOPTR=7275&CISOBOX=1&REC=11

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

The March 21, 1925, issue of The Reel Journal reported that W. Lee Vaughan of the Art Theatre, Kansas City, Kansas, had bought the New Center Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The May 9 issue brought more news about the house:

“NEW CENTER REMODELED.

“The New Center Theatre, Fifteenth and Troost, Kansas City has been remodeled and refurnished by J. D. Lynn and W. Lee Vaughan, new managers. A Wurlitzer Hope-Jones organ has been installed. The theatre seats 1,500.”

A letter from J. V. Lynn, manager of the New Center Theatre, was published in an ad for Arctic Nu-Air Systems in the August 14, 1926, issue of The Reel Journal. Mr. Lynn describes the New Center as having “…an unusually long auditorium and deep pocketed balcony….”

An unusual policy in place at the New Center Theatre is mentioned in the March 8, 1930, issue of The Film Daily:

“Talker Nickelodeon

“Kansas City — Talkers at nickelodeon prices have made their bow here in the New Center, 1,450-seat house owned by L. O. Gardner, who offers ‘Bargain Monday’ performances that are advertised as the biggest show in the U. S. for a nickel. On other nights the scale is 10 and 15 cents.”

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