Kennedy Theatre

S. Elson Street and W. McPherson Street,
Kirksville, MO 63501

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Kennedy Theater, 1920s

Located at S. Elson Street & W. McPhearson Street. Built and opened in downtown Kirksville on March 26, 1926 with a seating capacity of 1,122. The Kennedy Theatre was operated by Fox Midwest Theatres in the early-1940’s. It was a thriving theatre until the time of the multiplexes in the nearby malls more or less put it out of business.

It closed in 1985 and was demolished in 1992 for a parking lot.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Bill2 on March 1, 2004 at 6:26 pm

I attended College in Kirksville during the 1970’s and early 80’s. My girlfriend worked the ticket booth at the Kennedy and I use to go to the “show” a lot!. I remember seeing a re-release of Gone With the Wind, the only time I have actually seen it in a movie theater. The Kennedy was the only game in town and an easy walk from campus. I well remember MRs. Brown and the B and B record show just up the street.

SethG on April 2, 2019 at 6:30 am

Since three of the corner lots have been demolished for parking, the theater was on the SE corner. You can see the Princess and post office in the background of the main photo.

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