Rio Theatre

7204 W. 80th Street,
Overland Park, KS 66204

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This is a wonderful Art Deco restoration by a company that has restored many old theaters in the Kansas City area, and is restoring several more.

This theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 2005.

Contributed by Mark Helmuth

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

pianoman on January 17, 2005 at 7:51 pm

The night view of this theater is awsome!

trooperboots on January 17, 2005 at 10:18 pm

Wow… here is an enterprising company that has taken FOUR lovely old movie palaces and restored them! Wait.. they did it in Kansas! … And the theaters are making money! Why can’t we do this on Hollywood Boulevard with those lovely and historic theaters that are boarded up in the “movie capitol of the world?”

The “FIne Arts Group” of Kansas deserves some serious credit for the great job on these grand venues! Bravo!

claydoh77 on March 15, 2005 at 9:51 am

According to a March 10, 2005 article in the Kansas City Star, this theatre was just added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of this year. Also added was the Granada in Kansas City, KS another Boller Brothers & Fine Arts Group Theatre.

Congrats to the Fine Arts Group for a job well done!!!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 25, 2007 at 4:44 am

In the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook the Overland Theatre is listed with a seating capacity of 600.

kencmcintyre on December 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Here is a recent closeup of the marquee:

AMStar on September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

This theatre is on the cover of “Cinemental Journeys” by Mike and Vicki Walker.

Glen Wood Dickinson III
Glen Wood Dickinson III on December 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

Yes. The old Overland Theatre renamed the Kimo South. My first theatre manager job.

rivest266 on July 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

March 22nd, 1968 grand opening ad as Kimo South in photo section.

MovieSnob on May 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Tues. 6/4/74’s 8pm run of “Cinderella Liberty” was the swan song for the Kimo South. The stack ads the next day simply said “Closed” nest to the Kimo South logo. That left Dickinson with the Glenwood I & II, Festival, Prospect 4, Englewood, Dickinson, Shawnee Drive-In and Leawood Drive-In as its remaining screens in the metro.

DavidZornig on January 24, 2019 at 11:16 am

Park Cinema should be added to Previous Names. Late `60s photo of Park Cinema marquee added credit Joe Shaneyfelt.

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