Fotosho Theatre

105 E. Main Street,
Neosho, MO 64850

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Fotosho Theatre

The Fotosho Theatre opened March 4, 1921. The Fotosho Theatre was listed as open in 1925. The theatre seated 250. It closed July 16, 1947 with James Cagney in “The Oklahoma Kid” and Tex Ritter in Flaming Bullets".

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 11, 2014 at 11:36 am

In 1920, the Neosho Daily Democrat frequently mentioned a movie house called the Fotosho Theatre. The February 7, 1921, issue of the paper said that Hugh Gardner was converting a store building into a movie theater and the name Fotosho would be moved to that house, while the present Fotosho, which had previously called the Whiteway Theatre, would get a new name.

The March 4, 1921, issue of the Democrat said that the new name chosen for the old Fotosho was Orpheum Theatre, and that the new Fotosho would begin operation that evening. A full-page ad for the Orpheum and Fotosho Theatres in the October 17, 1925, issue of the paper said that the Fotosho was on the south side of the courthouse square.

So Hugh Gardner opened this house, the second Fotosho Theatre, on March 4, 1921. I haven’t been able to discover when the spelling was changed to Photosho.

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