Mary Lue Theatre

5915 Prospect Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64130

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Opened in 1937 as the Beaufort Theatre, and seated 386. It went through a couple owners and was renamed Comet Theatre. The last owner renamed the theatre after his daughter thus the theatre became the Mary Lue Theatre.

A single story theatre with a nicely decorated lobby. There was a small amount of decorative plaster work in the lobby and the auditorium. Located near the busy intersection of 59th and Prospect the theatre closed and was demolished in 1958.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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jumpinjiminy on August 1, 2007 at 12:05 pm

A car wash occupies the site today. Once there was a lounge here on this site which was owned by former Kansas City Chief player Otis Taylor back in the early 70’s.

WTKFLHN on October 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm

It was also renamed to the Comet Theatre, I think in the late 1940’s or early 50’s. After it closed, it was used as a union hall. It was a neighborhood theatre for me, and I spent many Friday nights there. I remember the child ticket price was 14 cents. The cashier had a big bowl of pennies to make change with.

rmartin8 on November 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

I spent many Friday nights at the Mary Lou (or Lue?)in the WW2 years, around 12 years old — pretty sure I saw the Iron Claw serial, and some others. I would walk there from my house on 62nd and Swope Parkway. The crowd was people my age, and popcorn was a big deal — I think we threw it around. And we looked for girls. I would love to see a picture of it!!!

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