Malone Theater

106 W. Malone Avenue,
Sikeston, MO 63801

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Opened in 1938, in 1940, the Malone Theater was owned by O.W. McCutchen of Blytheville, AR, and was managed by Duree Medley.

The Malone Theatre was closed and demolished in 1985.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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byrdr on July 11, 2009 at 11:27 pm

The Malone Theater sat between an insurance office on the left(I think as it has been some time since I lived there)and Red’s Bar on the right. In the 1980’s it was renovated and renamed the Chaney Harris Cultural Center. Live performances of Children’s Little Theater and the Sikeston High School Drama Club were shown. An electrical fire closed it around February or March of 1985. The boarded up ticket in the linked photo looks as though it was taken close to that time. After being found structurally unsound it was demolished in August of 1985. The last time I visited, both the bar and insurance office remained. The area where the theater was located is nothing but grass, just as across the street were the Dunn Hotel was formerly located. This is typical of Sikeston to just demolish rather than preserve. This hotel was once on the National Historic Register, and they let it fall to ruin. At least someone came to harvest the wonderful wood instead of wasting it. I now live in Portland Oregon and love how they renovate older buildings along with theaters, instead of tearing them down and throwing up some poorly made building or leaving it an ugly, open lot. One of my favorite theaters here is the Academy Theater located at 7818 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215.

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