Cuba Cinema

106 Florence Avenue,
Cuba, MO 65453

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Small block style building with a small lobby. Seating capacity was 322. Opened as the Just-A-Mere Theatre on January 23, 1921. It was closed May 20, 1925. It reopened in May 1926 as the Nicalee Theatre(Deluxe). In April 1930 it was briefly renamed Cuba Theatre, becoming the Nicalee Theatre in September 1930 and closed in 1932. It reopened as the Cuba Theatre on September 13, 1934. It was renovated in the mid-1970’s and renamed Cuba Cinema. It closed in the late-1980’s. Draperies lined the walls of the auditorium but the sound still bounced on the walls.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Chris1982 on August 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm

This theatre should have an AKA Cuba Theatre. It actually opened in 1935. It was renovated in the mid-1970’s and renamed the Cuba Cinema.

dallasmovietheaters on November 7, 2018 at 3:56 am

Henry C. Tuttle launched the Cuba, Missouri’s first movie theater under the name of “Just-A-Mere Theatre” on January 23, 1921. Tuttle created a wrap-a-around ad with an Extra edition headline promoting the theatre and used newsboys to disseminate the information with cries of, “Extra, extra read all about it.” R.H. Finley took on the venue but closed it on May 30, 1925 with the equipment removed.

One year later, the Nicalee Theatre (Deluxe) opened in May of 1926 named in a contest by local resident Susan Everson. The silent theatre dropped “Deluxe” from its ads and converted to sound in April of 1930 rebranding briefly as the Cuba Theatre. In September of 1930, the name reverted to the Nicalee Theatre likely due to comments of loyal patrons. The Nicalee closed during the Depression in 1932. According to the local paper, it reopened under new operators on September 13, 1934 as the long-running Cuba Theatre.

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