Cinema Theatre

1729 West Broadway,
Columbia, MO 65203

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Cinema Theatre

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This theater was originally to be called the Crest Theatre when it was being built, but by the time the theater opened on June 8, 1966 it was simply called the Cinema Theatre. The Missouri Governor at that time was Warren Hernes and spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Its opening was heralded with a modern concession area and the latest in motion picture projection. It had climate controlled heating and cooling with plush American Recliner seats. The box office was located in the lobby of the theater.

This theater was part of the Commonwealth Theatre chain and was the last big auditorium in Columbia, Missouri. It closed in 1999.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Plans for the proposed Crest Theatre were announced in Boxoffice Magazine, February 1, 1965. The project was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates, architects of many theaters for the Commonwealth circuit.

Samuel56
Samuel56 on September 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This theater sat within feet of the Broadway Drive-In Theater, which was originally located just to the right of the Cinema Building. A supermarket is located there now.

paudnl
paudnl on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Ironically, the first film to be shown at the Cinema was “The Glass Bottom Boat” and the last movie shown there was “Titanic.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

From the picture does not to be that large of a single screen house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

A rendering of the Cinema Theatre appeared on this page of Boxoffice, October 11, 1965. The groundbreaking for the project had just taken place.

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