Grand Theatre

416 W. Reed Street,
Moberly, MO 65270

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Grand Theatre

Opened December 14, 1903 as the Halloran Theatre seating 826. In 1913, it was renamed Grand Theatre. It was designed by the Boller Brothers. It seated 302 in the balcony and 524 on the main floor. It was remodeled in 1952 and a lot of the artwork was covered over or painted over. It had Corinthian columns down both sides of the auditorium walls, a large arched proscenium around the stage with red velvet draperies covering the stage. The seats were a plush red velvet that matched the stage curtains.

The theatre closed in 1960 and was converted to a J.C. Penny store. The store is still open today.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre on September 22, 2008 at 5:40 am

The Grand closed on February 9, 1960, according to the Moberley Monitor-Index. A.H. Pekarek, manager since May 1957, was transferred to the Jayhawk Theater in Topeka, KS.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

This theater opened in 1903 as the Halloran and was renamed the Grand in 1913. It suffered a fire in 1914, was rebuilt, then burned again in 1925 and was rebuilt yet again, with plans again by Boller Brothers. The history of the theater was recounted in a February 29, 1960, Boxoffice article about the closing.

The article says that A.H. Pekarek had been manager of the Grand since 1927, but that was a typo. His appointment to the Grand was noted in Boxoffice of June 22, 1957. The latter article calls the house the Fox Grand, as does one 1939 Boxoffice item. The rest of the time Boxoffice just calls it the Grand.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Given that the theater at this location was called the Halloran Theatre for only ten years, from 1903 until 1913, and the Grand Theater from 1913 until closing in 1960, it ought to be listed as the Grand Theatre.

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