Route 66 Movie Theatre

24 S. Main Street,
Webb City, MO 64870

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Trolleyguy on October 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

According to the theatre website, “The building once served as the Newland Hotel before becoming a movie theater managed by Dickinson Theaters in 1945. After being sold it sat empty for many years but was restored by a local family music group in 1999. They renamed the theater the Route 66 Music Theatre with live music as the primary source of entertainment. It was sold and renovated in 2003, but the theater closed again after less than a year. However, the screen didn’t stay dark for long. It was purchased in 2005 by Nancy and Scott Hutson.”

Website: on December 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

A bit of history about this theatre here:
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“The theater was originally built as the Shapiro Shoe Store and in about 1952 was converted to the Dickinson Movie Theater. Dixie and Howard Larsen purchased the theater from Mr. Dickenson… Prior to being the Route 66 Movie Theater, the building was the Route 66 Music Theater which featured Branson-style music variety shows. In the 1950’s, the theater was known as the Larsen Theater.”

richardg on September 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm

The Route 66 theatre marquee doesn’t have the a normal milk glass background. Since it was daylight when I saw the theatre, I wasn’t able to determine if the background is opaque or not. The marquee does list the current movies with normal lettering but whether this is visible at night is questionable.

kencmcintyre on October 4, 2008 at 6:26 am

Which may be misspelled. The ad spelled Larsen with an E and and not an O.

kencmcintyre on October 3, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Advertised as the Larsen in 1951.

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Here is an ad for the Dickinson theater in Webb City. I don'r believe this theater has been listed as of yet: