Main Street Theatre

1012 Main Street,
Lexington, MO 64067

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Main Street Theatre 1937, Lexington, MO

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The Main Street Theatre was open prior to 1926. It was operated by Fox Midwest Amusement Co. The theatre seated 823 and was listed as closed in 1957.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm

This weblog post has an ad for the Main Street Theatre plus a photo of the front dating from around 1937. The text says that there is a McDonald’s where the theater used to stand, but the McDonald’s in Lexington is in the 1200 block of Main Street.

I tried checking Historic Aerials to see if they had a view that would show where the theater was, but the site isn’t loading anything for me. Nothing in the 1000 block now resembles the theater in the photo, though, so either way the Main Street Theatre must have been demolished.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Joe, there was another blog that talked about the two Lexington Theatres and also had the same photo as your weblog. The motion picture yearbook lists the address that is in the header. In the blog the lady said that the Main Street was across the street from the court house and that the Eagle was a block away from the court house. In the blog it also said that Lexington was east of Kansas City (which is correct) on the Mississippi (which is incorrect, It is on the Missouri).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2014 at 12:25 am

This rather large PDF has an inventory of Lexington’s historic buildings. At the time it was prepared (I can’t find a date on it, but it most likely dates from the 1980s) the Main Street Theatre was still standing. The inventory says that the Main Street Theatre opened around 1925 as the Winkler Theatre, and was located at 1222-1224 Main Street.

The inventory describes the theater interior as “…nearly intact, with four dressing rooms, a chorus room, a large stage, and an orchestra pit. Seating capacity of 750. Original entry has been altered. Building is in deteriorated condition.”

An appendix notes that sometime after the report was prepared the Main Street Theatre was demolished and replaced by a fast-food restaurant.

The inventory also includes the Eagle Building.

Chris1982
Chris1982 on September 3, 2014 at 1:15 am

Joe, from 1926 on it is listed as the Main Street Theatre. What did they do submit the entire town to the National Register of Historic Places?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 3, 2014 at 1:40 am

The entire town was submitted as a Multiple Resource Area, with three specific Historical Districts within it. Originally, 479 buildings were included in the MRA, with 460 of them in the three specific districts. 344 of the buildings were residential. Lexington still has a large number of Greek Revival houses dating from its early days (the town was founded in 1822) as well as numerous Victorian houses of various styles. There were also some non-structural elements, such as a park and a cemetary. Unfortunately, the Main Street Theatre and several other buildings were demolished before the Historic Districts were finally established.

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