Aladdin Theatre

1506 Belmont Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64126

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Aladdin Theatre

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This small neighborhood theatre designed by the Boller Brothers opened in 1927 and seated 562. A single floor theatre with a gray paneled front facade and V shaped marquee. It had a small lobby and concession stand, three aisles led into the auditorium. Grill work on the front sides on each side of the stage area. The theatre closed in 1959 and is now used as a church.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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RobbKCity on October 13, 2007 at 1:31 pm

The alternate address for this theater building is:

6044 Truman Rd
Kansas City, MO 64127

kcfan on February 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Here are a few shots of the Aladdin exterior. Enjoy.

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claydoh77 on February 25, 2009 at 4:40 am

Those are great. Thanks for sharing. The exterior of this theatre is very beautiful, it would fit right in on the Plaza. I’d love to see pictures from it’s heyday!

irishcine on February 25, 2009 at 6:27 am

Thanks, enjoyed the photos. Love to see an early interior view.

kcfan on June 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Lost Memory, You’re correct about the 1927 opening for the Aladdin. The Polk’s City Directory lists the theater for the first time in 1928, which would presumably place it’s opening in late 1927 or early 1928. You’re research skills are par exellence!

RobbKCity on August 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

The address of the Aladdin Theater changed when they renamed 15th Street as Truman Road.

dhoward on July 28, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I attended the Aladdin Theater for every change of the program (3 times a week) when I was about 4 to 7 years of age (1940 to 1943) and almost every weekend thereafter, until I was in high school and college some distance away. I lived at 1302 Fremont about 3 blocks north and east, at that age. The theater was actually at 6038 E. 15th St. in the 1940 tax rolls, its address today. I have been looking for any photos of that wonderful theater in those days (with the marquee and ticket booth) of my youth for many, many years, and have never been able to find anything! Recently photos of every KC neighborhood taken in 1940, for the tax rolls, were made available when the file was given to the Kansas City Library Special Collections, and I asked Jeremy Drouhin of that department and he provided me with a thumbnail photo file of every address on 15th street from White to Belmont, and the photo of the Aladdin Theater WAS MISSING! My bad luck continues. It would not have been a very dramatic photo, but the marquee and ticket booth would have been there!

The shop front to the east (right) was a sweet shop connected to the theater, and the corner shop was a drug store, with the diagonal entrance.

The photos shown here are very good quality of the great old Spanish/Moorish architecture with the venerable tiles, etc! I will continue to search for any photos of that era, and I’ll post the request for any of those here on this site, in the hopes that SOMEDAY, someone might have some early photos that would provide me with a nostalgia trip. And, of course, if I were to find anything, I would love to post the photos here.

If this is too verbose or personal or otherwise too off-topic the moderator may feel free to delete it!

croint on March 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

In the 1960s when this building was owned by Rick West’s family, I was in a rock band called The Satellites. We played here dozens of times in ‘65, ‘66 & '67.

I think it was called Rick West’s Teen Club. On Fridays and Saturdays, they would book two bands. The stage area was divided in half—one band on the left, one on the right. Each band would play for 45-minutes (if I recall correctly). As soon as one session ended, the other band would begin, providing non-stop music for the young patrons.

There was a concession stand near the front entrance, with tables and chairs nearby on the level part of the floor. The floor then slanted downward (where all the seating used to be), then leveled again about 15 or so feet from the stage, providing a nice sized dance area.

Great memories for me. But, also, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the comments here. So much wonderful history. How great it would be if someone could find photos when it was the Aladdin Theatre.

KCB3Player on September 26, 2014 at 8:08 am

Still looking for pictures of the Aladdin Theater in the early 50s when it was still operating. It was a beautiful theater inside and out. The Pink and Grey Painting in 1955 covered up some real beauty inside. I went there many times when I was young, especially the Summer Saturday Morning 10:00 Movie Series where nearly ever kid in the neighborhood attended. It was nearly capacity at every one of those showings. The Sunday matinee’s were the same – at near capacity from most of the kids in the neighborhood. Previews, Newsreal, a cartoon and usually two movies all for about $.50. Wow, those were the days. It was so beautiful when lit up at night – a lot of neon and dancing lights.

KCB3Player on January 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm

I just heard that the old theater building and the entire just sold – I wonder who bought it and what are they going to do with it. It obviously needs a lot of work but that beautiful streetscape is well worth some work on it. By the way, they theater actually closed in 1959 and NOT 1964.

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