Uptown Theater

225 S. Ohio Avenue,
Sedalia, MO 65301

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Uptown Theater

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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.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 11, 2007 at 7:13 am

A 2007 photo of the Uptown Theater can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 31, 2007 at 6:48 pm

This is a more recent photo of the Uptown Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

As Chuck posted only five years ago, the architect was Robert O. Boller. At opening, the Uptown Theater was owned by J.T. Ghosen.

Blackmassmovies on November 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

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 10:15 am

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 5:18 am

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 4:29 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 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm



ThePossum on October 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Here’s a site w/ blueprints & photos:


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