Joplin Avenue & 7th Street,
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Since Joplin’s Shubert Theatre style and layout so closely resemble that of the Busby Theatre in McAlester, OK, it is quite possible both theatre designs came from the same architect.
Following descriptive passages come courtesy of Joe Vogel. ‘The New Joplin Theatre opened as the Shubert Theatre in 1908. None of the pictures of it at the University web site give the address, but the description pages say that it was demolished in 1940, that it was replaced by businesses catering to traffic along Route 66 (which ran along 7th Street) and that its site is now a parking lot for the Memorial Auditorium.
The Shubert Theatre must have been on Joplin Avenue at the southwest corner of 7th Street. I don’t know if the New Joplin Theatre ever ran movies on a regular basis, but it did present Griffith’s "The Birth of a Nation" in 1915.'
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