Giles Theatre

1714 West 39th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64111

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In 1939, the Mokan Theatre, named for its location a block east of the Missouri-Kansas state line, was remodeled in the Streamline Modern style and renamed the Giles Theatre.

Although the front section of the Giles Theatre has been demolished, the auditorium is still standing and has been adapted to house two businesses.

Contributed by Joe Vogel

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CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

A picture of the Giles Theater c. 1940 can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm

One of the businesses currently occupying the surviving part of the Giles Theatre is a hookah bar called the Sahara Sheesha Lounge. This might be the only former theater in the United States that has a hookah bar in it. The space is not recognizable as a former theater.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm

An article about the remodeling of the Mokan Theatre into the Giles Theatre appears on this page of Boxoffice, December 9, 1939. Unfortunately, it is not illustrated. The remodeling was designed by architect Joseph B. Shaughnessy, Sr., best known for the churches and parochial schools he designed in the Kansas City area.

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