Electric Theatre

546 Minnesota Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66101

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Electric Theatre

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Located on the site of an earlier 3,000-seat Electric Theatre (1902-1921). This Boller Brothers-designed theater opened in 1922 and was closed May 13, 1969. It was demolished in 1976. The Reardon Civic Center is on the site today.

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mlind
mlind on November 10, 2004 at 11:12 am

I remember the Electric from when I was a kid in the 50’s. It always seemed a little creepy to me. It was probably rundown by then and maybe not playing first run movies. We usually went to the Avenue, Granada, or another one I remember being call the State.

mlind
mlind on July 14, 2007 at 5:24 pm

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An architectural website about the building that currently occupies the site says: “The 3,000 seat Electric Theater, built with a full orchestra pit in 1902 for vaudeville (before silent films) saw its final curtain call followed by a wrecking ball in 1969.” Was the Boller Bros. theater a remodel?

mlind
mlind on September 18, 2008 at 4:54 pm

The link below talks about the ‘original’ Electric being torn down and replaced by new theater in the Spanish Renaissance style around 1922.

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This article talks about the Electric being built in 1906
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So there were two theaters on the same site.

mlind
mlind on October 1, 2008 at 3:43 pm

This link shows a postcard street scene with the Electric marquee visible on the right side.
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mlind
mlind on March 18, 2009 at 9:42 am

On a index of photos in the Wyandotte County Museum is:

1965-32-8 Front of Electric Theatre, 8/10/1921 (neg)

Unfortunately, they don’t have any photos online.

mlind
mlind on March 20, 2009 at 11:42 am

The Wyandotte County Museum has several old pictures of the Electric. If someone feels the urge, here is the information:

1982-5-598 Electric Theatre, c.1930,razed for urban renewal, 1971
Marquee reads, “William Powell and Big Cast in ‘The
Benson Murder Case’ Screen Song-A Show for the Whole
Family-Sound News”.

1982-5-1446 Electric Theater, 500 block Minnesota. Marquee
advertising George Raft, Miriam Hopkins and Frederick
March in “All of Me”.

5-1-26-a Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Askins, c.1970
5-1-26-b Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Town House Hotel, c.1970
5-1-28-b Minn. Ave.– Electric Theatre, Jay’s Clothing Store c. 1965
5-1-30-b Minn.Ave.– DeGoler’s Drug Store, Electric Theatre,
c.1970

5-1-30-c Minn. Ave.– DeGoler’s Drug Store, Electric Theatre,c 1970
5-1-31-b Minn. Ave. – Electric Theatre, c.1965
5-1-51-a Minn.Ave.– Electric Theater

precisiontile
precisiontile on February 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I am looking for any information about a wedding that was held atop of the Electric in 1926. The wedding was for my grandparents (John Thomas Reynolds and Caterina Maria Ellena). The wedding was held on top of the Electric after winning a radio contest and broadcast over the air. All the area merchants donated items for wedding gifts. We are trying to figure what the contest was for and why it was held on top of the Electric. We have a few articles, but not much! Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Thomas Reynolds 620-875-2800

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Here is a circa 1954 photo of the Electric Theatre.

Here are three photos of the Electric Theatre, including two interior shots, from the November 3, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News.

mlind
mlind on August 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

Photo http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/305893

OKCdoorman
OKCdoorman on March 20, 2017 at 2:23 pm

Closed as an independent on Tuesday, January 14, 1969 for two weeks. The pp. 18 ad listed VALLEY OF THE DOLLS showing at “1:35 Only” and BANDOLERO at “9:35 Only” (a heck of an intermission). 1/15/69 Commonwealth banner ad, pp. 8A, stated: “CLOSED FOR REMODELING…WILL REOPEN JAN. 29TH."
Advance ad in the 1/28/69 Commonwealth Theaters bar, pp. 14: "TOMORROW! The REOPENING of the ELECTRIC THEATRE for your convenience and comfort! Gregory PECK in THE STALKING MOON. Watch tomorrows commonwealth (sic) ad for show times!” Re-opened as announced on Wednesday, January 29, 1969, with said feature. Closed for good without explanation on Tuesday, May 13, 1969 with THE BIG BOUNCE from an unpublished Elmore Leonard book and THE SWEET BODY OF DEBORAH. Final ad wording: “Carroll Baker & Leigh Taylor Young Show…and Tell!”, pp. 10. [Kansas City Times/Star]

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