Lona Theater

111 5th Street,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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Lona Theater

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A three story building with a yellow brick facade with yellow terra-cotta trim. Not very fancy, but dignified. For some inexplicable reason, the center of the street level portion has been painted pink.

Later known as the Liberty Theater, the theater is now home to the Liberty Center Association for the Arts, a performing arts venue.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Seth on August 26, 2004 at 4:35 pm

According to information from Charles Van Bibber, this theater opened in 1939, closed 1952, and seated 404.

Seth on October 3, 2005 at 10:28 am

That’s the one. It certainly didn’t look like it was built in ‘39.

Manolo on November 29, 2006 at 7:32 am

Is this the Lona Theater that is rumoured to be haunted?

kschneiderstl on January 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

On the cinematour website there is a listing for a Diamond Drive-in Theatre in Sedalia, MO. There is a phone # and it is NOT listed as closed. I’d call the number but I’m assuming if it really still exists they would not be open this time of year anyway. Can any Sedalia residents shed some light on the subject? Is it still active? How come there’s not a link on cinema treasures? Thanks.

taxcarl on August 26, 2014 at 3:31 am

My wife’s grandmother danced in a theatre in Sedalia probably in the 1920s. Would anybody know of any old records pertaining to the Lona Theatre. It seems like it might be the one we are looking for. Thanks for any info that might be provided.

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