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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 12:08 am

The Malone is listed in 1955 with 800 seats. The address given is 107 West Malone Ave.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 4:10 am

I don’t see any buildings that resemble the building in the 1985 photo. I tried 107 East Malone Ave and Google showed the same photo as the one for 107 West Malone Ave. There are some buildings north of the train tracks but the trees block your view.

byrdr
byrdr on July 12, 2009 at 8:27 am

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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