Strand Theatre

3544 Troost Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64109

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rivest266 on April 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

This opened on July 1st, 1916. Grand opening ad in the photo section. Nearly 101 years old now.

Strand on September 29, 2015 at 7:39 am

98 Years and still operating. They recently re-seated the auditoriums.

rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

Adult cinema policy started on September 1st, 1962. Ad in photo section.

markp on January 1, 2015 at 6:07 am

networkmike, I dont know how it is now-a-days, but when I was a projectionist in an adult theatre from 1978 to 1990, I can say I saw some interesting things going on in the 800 seat auditorium of the theatre. But I also say to you that theres nothing like viewing it on the big screen, so go enjoy.

networkmike on December 31, 2014 at 11:50 pm

been searching for at least an hour trying to find a porn theatre still open. I’m now going to plan a vacation with the wife to kc. I’ve always wanted to go to a theatre to watch porn. then when I got of age they disappeared in Wisconsin. really think it would be fun to take in at least one movie in my life time

midtown_kc on July 23, 2014 at 12:58 am

Pitch article….

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on April 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

Hello all,

I am doing a large-scale research project on adult theatres and would be very interested to hear from anything who either worked at or attended this theatre during its time showing adult films. If you would like to help me out, you can email me at .


kcmo on February 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Oh, yes, I noticed that. Too bad we can’t find a picture of the original Marquee. It was outstanding.

kcmo on February 22, 2011 at 7:27 am

It is currently the oldest still operating theater in Kansas City.

kcmo on February 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

Actually the Strand was built in 1917. I have the original abstract.In about 1980 the old style marquee collapsed. As it was built, facing Troost, there was a beauty shop and a barber shop on either side of the theater entrance. The barber shop close in about 1983.

christofermeissner on November 22, 2008 at 9:43 am

As far as I know, the theatre has been called the Strand since its opening, which was not in the ‘30s, as stated above, but was in circa 1916. The above comment about the theatre having shown adult movies since approximately the '70s is accurate.

RobbKCity on August 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm

Was this always called the Strand Theater or did it have another name originally.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 22, 2007 at 11:26 pm

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook gives as seating capacity of 650 for the Strand Theatre.