Clark Theatre

Shelbina, MO 63468

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The Clark Theatre was operating from at least 1938 until at least the late-1960’s.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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ripvanwnkl on January 31, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Some of my fondest childhood memories included Saturday matinees at the Clark theater in Shelbina. I lived there from 1948 to 1952 (age 4 to 8). My grandfather was Rev. J. L. Shoemaker, minister of the Shelbina Christian Church.
I still have a photo of me at the Clark with Smiley Burnett, Gene Autry’s sidekick. During those days, it was common for “B” western movie stars to make personal appearances at small town theaters to the great delight of their young fans.

Dave Van Winkle
Springboro, Ohio

jroads on October 25, 2010 at 11:47 pm

My grandmother ran Clark theater for a number of years, and then my father took over until it went the way of many other small town theaters and closed up shop. I can tell you it was open well past 1951 since I was born in 1963 and went to many movies there in my childhood. I’m guessing it closed around 1970, though I’m not sure of the exact year.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

John, a pity someone.or the town couldn’t keep the marquee going.It must hurt to see it like I did in the 1985 picture.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 27, 2010 at 1:04 am

It is probably a parking lot,Chuck 1231.

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