Glenwood Arts Theatre
3707 West 95th Street,
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This theatre built on the lower level of the Ranch Mart Shopping Center in Overland, Park, Kansas opened as a twin theatre in 1967. The complex had 70mm capabilities and was operated by Commonwealth Theatres under the direction of Richard O'Rear.
In 1972 two additional screens were added and the theatre operated to capacity business as a first run complex.
Commonweath Theatres sold the company and it was absorbed and the lease on the Ranch Mart was vacated. It was operated as a discount house for several years until the mid 1990s by an independent operator.
The theatre was stripped of its seats, projection equipment, drapes, concession stands, poster cases and outside marquee and became a storage facility for the center for a number of years.
The Fine Arts Theatre Group leased the theatre and spent 18 months retro-fitting and renovating the theatre complex.
A name change to the Leawood Theatre, a street marquee, state-of-the art projection and sound, plus a retro decor have brought this aging 40 year old theatre complex out of the shadows to become a viable and profitable operation.
It was renamed Glenwood Arts Theatre in January 2015.
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