Lee Theatre

111 S. Main Street,
Clinton, MO 64735

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Lee Theatre

The Lee Theatre opened in 1935. It was one of five theatres in Clinton at one time. The Lee Theatre was one of the largest theatres in the town with seating listed at 779. All five were operated by Commonwealth Theatres.

The Lee Theatre closed in 1961 and is now the home of the Square 109 Restaurant.

Contributed by Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The April 18, 1947, issue of The Film Daily reported that improvements were in store at the Lee Theatre:

“The Lee Theater, Clinton, Mo., a unit of the Commonwealth circuit, is being completely renovated and modernized. In addition to a complete repainting job, new carpeting and draperies will be installed, and new upholstered seats and RCA sound system provided. The walls are to be given acoustical treatment. A new refrigerated drinking system is to be part of the improvements. The house has also been provided with all-aluminum frames in the lobby and a Manley popcorn machine and large new lounges. Some $20,000 is being spent on the house.”
The July 11, 1947, issue of the Daily claimed a considerably larger seating capacity for the Lee Theatre than we have listed, but this was probably a typo:
“New Heywood-Wakefield chairs have been installed in the 1,777-seat Lee Theater, Clinton, Mo., of which C. W. Dickgrafe is manager. … It is a unit of the Commonwealth Amusement Corp., Kansas City.”
Being reseated in 1947 means that the house must have been at least twenty years old, and there was indeed a Lee Theatre in Clinton in 1928, when the October 28 issue of The Film Daily said that its owner, Lee Jones, had just purchased the Auditorium Theatre, also located in Clinton.

The Lee Theatre building, without its equipment, was offered for sale by Mrs. Lee Jones in an ad in the September 23, 1962, issue of the Kansas City Star.

mryan56 on October 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm

A local eatting establishment called Square 109 is currently in the location of the Lee Theatre although a couple of years ago the owner did a complete remodel paying homage to the building’s past. There is a sign that along with the name of the business it also states “Historic Lee Theatre” and inside the d├ęcor is movie posters and pictures of classic Hollywood stars as well as an old photo of the exterior of the building when it was the Lee Theatre.

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