Benton Theatre

3200 Independence Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64124

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Benton Theater, 1940

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The Benton theatre opened in 1931 seating 492. Another of the many Kansas City theatres that were designed by the Boller Brothers.

Located on the corner of Independance and Benton the theatre had a coner entrance with a free standing box office and the entrance doors directly behind. This was a small neighborhood house with a small lobby but nicely decorated with a three aisle auditorium. The auditorium had a lot of decorative plastic work and plush red velvet draped covered the screen.

The last couple years the Benton was on a week end only operation and closed in 1952. The Benton was under the Fox banner.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JimRankin
JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 3:33 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: http://www.HistoricTheatres.org and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~angell/thsa/fromarch.html A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.

RobbKCity
RobbKCity on June 12, 2007 at 11:50 am

Here are May 2007 photos of the former Benton Theater, now used as a church facility.

The source of the photos are Eric Bowers of http://www.valdorephoto.com . Please do not duplicate or sell. Photos can be purchased at Web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2011 at 1:32 am

The Benton Theatre, at Independence and Benton Boulevards, was in operation at least as early as 1923. The Pathe Exchange in Kansas City received a letter from the theater’s operator, J. W. Watson, dated January 21, 1923, praising the Pathe serial “The Way of a Man.” The letter was published in the exchange’s advertisement in the February 2, 1924, issue of The Reel Journal.

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