Missouri Theatre

717 Edmond Street,
St. Joseph, MO 64501

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Missouri Theatre exterior

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Opened by Publix Theatres on June 25, 1927 with Clara Bow in “Rough House Rosie”. The 1,391-seat Missouri Theatre was a first run movie palace for almost fifty years until film alone could no longer support the theatre’s cash flow requirements. The Missouri Theatre finally closed in the mid-1970’s.

The Town Hall Center was formed in 1976 to save the Missouri Theatre and took charge of managing the theatre for the city until 1979 — when management duties were transferred to the Performing Arts Association. The Missouri Theatre was then reopened as a fully operational performing arts center.

Contributed by Josh Bachman

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

wbloss on August 7, 2005 at 7:56 pm

The link to my website of the St. Joseph Mo Theatre from the Columbia site is in error. I have added a clarification on the St Joseph page listed above.
Wally Bloss

mp775 on September 19, 2007 at 5:36 pm

The Missouri Theater can be seen in the background of this photo, probably taken in the early 1950s.

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on October 9, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Anyone ever consider flying a screen and show a classic film now and then?

mp775 on March 25, 2008 at 10:02 am

The link I posted on 9/19/07 no longer works; use this one instead:

Missouri Theater, probably early 1950s

rivest266 on October 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

June 25th, 1927 grand opening ad is at
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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

The Missouri theatre was operated by DURWOOD and DUBINSKY and later it was an AMC THEATRE.{Dunwood Corp.}

RobbKCity on March 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Missouri Theater complex experiences fire damage; theater saved by fast-acting firefighters.

A fire broke out in the Missouri Theater complex on Feb. 18, 2011. Fast-acting firefighters took drastic action to save the theater itself from fire damage. The theater only sustained smoke damage. Dressing and rehearsal rooms, and theater office space, in adjacent buildings were the only areas significantly damaged by fire.

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City looks into fire cause

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TLSLOEWS on March 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

Thats good news RobbKCity.Thanks for the link.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Thanks RobbKCity.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm

A few photos of the restored Missouri Theatre are displayed in the portfolio of Henderson Engineers, one of the companies that has worked on the theater. Click on the Missouri Theatre thumbnail (#3, top row of featured projects) on this page.

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