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After five years of planning and the expenditure of more than $500,000, the Glenwood Theatre in Overland Park, KS opened to the public on November 23, 1966.
Hailed as ‘Kansas City’s Luxury Theater’, it maintained that stature for over 33 years.
Outside, a large fountain stood amongst beautifully landscaped grounds. Inside, the Grand Promenade exhibited statues, a fireplace, and most noticeably, a 15 feet wide by 15 feet tall imported Italian crystal chandelier.
Hostesses escorted movie patrons into the 816 seat auditorium, which boasted high back red rocker lounge chairs and a fully carpeted floor.
As a movie would begin, 40 foot tall curtains would slowly retract to reveal a 70 feet wide by 35 feet tall curved screen. The Glenwood Theatre was capable of showing 16mm, 35mm, and 70mm film formats.
As the movie exhibition industry became more competitive, a second smaller screen was added to the side of the main auditorium.
The Glenwood Theatre quickly became the most popular theatres in the Kansas City area, setting the world record for ‘Star Wars’ after making $1 million the first year of its release.
In 1983, two more smaller screens were added, but the original auditorium continued to be the popular draw.
With the introduction of a nearby megaplex in the 1990’s, ticket sales at the Glenwood Theatre declined.
Unable to compete, the theater closed in May 2000.
Sadly, amid much protest, the Glenwood Theatre was razed and replaced by a strip mall, signaling the end of a magical cinematic era.
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