Manchester Cinema I & II

2 Manchester Plaza,
Manchester, MO 63010

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Manchester Cinema I & II

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The Manchester Cinema I & II opened in March 1973, seating 300 in its twin auditoriums. This was another one of the twin theatres opened by Mid America Theatres (Komm Theatres). It was located in the Manchester shopping plaza.

Small lobby with the ticket booth to your right as you come in the concession counter next to the ticket booth and the rest rooms next to that. Auditorium one was the first on the left and two right next to it. Seemed that the Jablonovs were really into red and brown, all the twin theatres that they built had the same layout and the same decor.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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JAlex
JAlex on January 17, 2008 at 2:47 am

Venue(s) opened in March 1973.

JAlex
JAlex on March 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Martin Bloom Associates credited with this two-screen, 300 seats each, cinema.

And to say “Exorcist” ran a year is a “bit” exaggerated!

WesternWatcher
WesternWatcher on September 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

I saw many shoes here when it was a dollar theater and I could walk there from my mom’s house. There was a large grocery store in the same shopping center, so the place got a lot of traffic. I believe it is a dance studio now.

WesternWatcher
WesternWatcher on September 11, 2008 at 11:00 pm

… “shows,” now shoes. (sigh)

billweaver
billweaver on February 9, 2012 at 11:49 pm

I was an “original usher” there. Started at 14yrs old. The manager, Jim Barrow, thought I was 15. The very first movie there was Jerimiah Johnson, if my memory serves me correctly. It was a blast to work there. Wish I knew where all the other folks moved on to. Bill Weaver

JAlex
JAlex on February 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

After various managements and becoming a “dollar house”, theatre shuttered in March 1994.

movieman412
movieman412 on September 11, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Worked at the Manchester Cinema for almost 9 years and enjoyed every second of it. Saw many transitions there over the years. From a 1st run house to 2nd run house to $1.00 house. Awesome memories!

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