Uptown Theatre

104 North Kansas Avenue,
Marceline, MO 64658

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Uptown Theatre

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A.B. Canwell purchased the Uptown Theatre property in 1927. By June 30 1930 the Canwell Apartments and Uptown Theatre were opened and has never been closed since.

Walt Disney came back to his boyhood home in 1946 to make plans for his Disneyland. He took movies of his old school and the entire length of Main Street. In 1956, Walt and Roy Disney held the premiere of their feature film, “The Great Locomotive Chase”. Disney told the attentive audience, “I lived in Marceline. My best memories are the years that I spent here. You children are lucky to live here.”

On July 14, 1998, the Disney Corporation again came and premiered “The Spirit of Mickey” there. Each child was given a commemorative ticket and saw the premiere for free. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy and Chip and Dale were also in attendance taking time out for pictures for the entire viewing audience.

The Uptown is still going strong today.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

KenRoe
KenRoe on July 18, 2005 at 1:09 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1943 edition gives a seating capacity of 500 and in the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. it is 502.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 30, 2006 at 3:41 pm

This is a recent photo of the Uptown Theater and here is another view.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 29, 2007 at 7:26 pm

THEATER FOR SALE…….

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2008 at 11:08 am

Another photo of the Uptown can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

This is another photo of the Uptown.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Here is a photo of the Uptown and this sign gives some information about the theater.

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