Missouri Theatre

203 South Ninth Street,
Columbia, MO 65201

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JAlex on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

Introduction says the Missouri Rockets/Rockettes started here. No, it was the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis where they originated.

WriterDianna on September 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Keeping up with movie theatres is difficult. Here’s an article about Columbia’s theatres, including the Missouri Theatre – no longer primarily showing movies, but live performances. By the way, the Missouri Theatre was not the only “movie palace.” At one time, Columbia had three movie palaces on one street, all with roughly 1,000 seats. Two are still used for entertainment, the third is a restaurant. Here are the details on movie theatres in Columbia. http://columbiabusinesstimes.com/8240/2010/06/25/capturing-columbia%E2%80%99s-cinema-century/

AndrewBarrett on September 19, 2008 at 2:41 am

The original theatre organ from the Missouri Theatre is up for sale! It is a 3/7 Robert-Morton built in 1928 and is apparently mostly complete.

They only want about $4,750.00 which is really cheap!

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It would be REALLY nice if someone in MO could buy the organ, restore it, and re-install it back in the theatre!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

This is an August 2008 photo. It doesn’t look like the same building.

JAlex on June 21, 2008 at 8:39 am

The Missouri Rockets (now the RCMH Rockettes) did not get their start at the Missouri Theatre in Columbia but at the Missouri Theatre in St. Louis.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 9, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979

Missouri Theater (added 1979 – Building – #79001349)
201-215 S. 9th St., Columbia
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Boller Brothers
Architectural Style: No Style Listed
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 27, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Another recent photo of the Missouri theater can be seen here.

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Lost Memory on March 9, 2006 at 3:36 am

This is a 2006 photo of the Missouri Theater in Columbia.

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Lost Memory on October 27, 2005 at 7:20 am

Here is a night view of this theater.

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Lost Memory on October 27, 2005 at 6:19 am

From the Missouri Symphony Society website, “MOSS purchased the 1209-seat Missouri Theatre in 1987 to serve as the home venue for the orchestra”. Here is their website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 8, 2005 at 4:16 am

This is an early 70’s photo of the Missouri Theater in Columbia.

eean on October 15, 2004 at 10:15 am

This description is out of date. Movies are shown here, but only as special events. It has been owned by the Missouri Symphony Society for a while now.