Blue Note Theatre

17 North Ninth Street,
Columbia, MO 65201

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the blue noteĀ© Columbia MO / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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This theater originally opened as the Varsity Theatre in 1927. It became part of the Commonwealth Theatre chain in 1955 and lasted thru 1960. When it reopened in February of 1967 is was known as the New Film Arts. The Film Arts closed after the summer on May 2, 1972 and never reopened as a motion picture theatre.

Between 1972 and 1991 it was used for various functions, such as craft shows and antiques. In 1991 it reopened as a night club and live music venue called the Blue Note Theatre. The theater has been kept in good shape by the operators but has never been a motion picture theater under its current operators.

Contributed by ChuckVanBibber

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kencmcintyre on October 7, 2008 at 7:31 pm

The 1963 IMPA still shows the Varsity as part of the Commonwealth Amusements chain. Other Commonwealth theaters in Columbia at that time were the Hall, Missouri, Uptown and Broadway Drive-In.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm

From 2010 photos of the Blue Note Theatre in Columbia MO. [Please click on thumbnails for larger view].

Trolleyguy on August 4, 2016 at 1:16 pm


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