Uptown Theater

225 S. Ohio Avenue,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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The Uptown Theatre was opened in 1936. This building appears to be completely vacant, but well cared-for. The design is a simple late Art Deco style facade with very minimal decoration at the top. The current marquee does not look right. It’s much too thin, and may have been a fixup. There’s only space for the word Uptown on the panels. The exterior ticket booth is very nice.

Renovations began in February 2016.

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Blackmassmovies on November 18, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I think it’s 287 S. Ohio St.

Some photos from November 2010 here: View link

We talked to one of the builders working on the property opposite. Apparently the plan now is to convert the building into apartments since the plan for a Scott Joplin museum fell through. This may mean putting window’s into Robert Boller’s Art Deco facade.

Also blogged about the building here: View link

Allan on December 12, 2010 at 6:15 pm

What a gorgeous theatre! The blue trim really makes the details of the building pop. Hope they manage to locate windows on the side or something to keep the facade intact if they convert the building into apartments.

Blackmassmovies on January 5, 2011 at 1:18 pm

We made a short video of the theatre and its surroundings:

View link

Sedalia looks very empty. In fairness, it was a Sunday and there’s a lot of rebuilding going on, so downtown was unusually quiet in November. Take your point about Google and the street number Chuck, thanks.

bob65203 on March 20, 2012 at 11:29 pm

The building has been donated to a non profit. It has been awarded a grant for an interior design study by the National Register of Historic Places. Once completed, a fund raising campaign will ensue in order to restore the Uptown as a venue for concerts, plays, classic or non-mainstream cinema, etcetera.

ThePossum on October 19, 2013 at 4:11 am



ThePossum on October 19, 2013 at 4:13 am

Here’s a site w/ blueprints & photos:


Chris1982 on September 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

The owner at the time the theatre opened in 1936 was J.T. Ghosen.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 5, 2014 at 6:18 pm

J. T. Ghosen operated an earlier theater in Sedalia called the Star, at 116 W.Second Street. It suffered a fire in 1930, as reported in the October 22 edition of The Sedalia Democrat. The article said that Ghosen operated “…several other small theatres through Central Missouri.” The Star was repaired and reopened, as it was mentioned again in a September 1, 1932, Democrat article about an event at Ghosen’s New Royal Theatre in Versailles, Missouri.

UptownTheatreSedalia on February 7, 2016 at 4:46 am

The Uptown is currently being renovated to its 1936 glory! Please visit Uptown Theatre Sedalia on Facebook to learn more! Thanks! -Marty Lange, Uptown Theatre Project Coordinator

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