Comet Theatre

5915 Prospect Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64130

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rivest266 on April 29, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Opened as Beaufort on May 1st, 1924 and reopened as the Mary Lue on December 2nd, 1931. Both grand opening ads in the photo section.

OKCdoorman on January 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Whoever owned the Mary Lue before Tuesday, May 31, 1949 gave up ownership that day showing John Wayne in WAKE OF THE RED WITCH and Brian Donlevy & Maria Montez in 1941’s SOUTH OF TAHITI. Copy in next day’s space-saver ad: “Closed For Remodeling! Watch For Opening Date”. Re-opened under the same name (“Opens Tonite-6:30-Under New Management!”) on Friday, July 15, 1949, with a cartoon, newsreel, a 3 Stooges short, and double-feature of Esther Williams in TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME and Abbott & Costello in 1942’s PARDON MY SARONG. There were two closed but unannounced days on Saturday-Sunday December 15-16, 1951. On Monday, December 17, 1951 the new ad for the Comet simply states, “Formerly Mary Lue” while presenting William Holden in FORCE OF ARMS and Jeanne Crain in TAKE MY LITTLE GIRL. The final triple bill plus cartoons as the Comet on Sunday, May 4, 1952, was: Abbott & Costello in 1946’s LITTLE GIANT, the East Side Kids in 1944’s BLOCK BUSTERS, and 1949’s RED STALLION OF THE ROCKIES (sic). The next-day’s space-saver ad optimistically states, “Closed Temporarily!,” but the Beaufort/Mary Lue/Comet Theatre had shut down for good.

rmartin8 on November 28, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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!!!

WTKFLHN on October 21, 2012 at 6:16 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.

jumpinjiminy on August 1, 2007 at 2:05 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.