Electric Theatre

215 N. Main Street,
Independence, MO 64050

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The Electric Theatre was one of the first theatres to be built in downtown Independence. Located on North Main Street at West Kansas. Seating was right at 500. The Electric opened in the 1910’s and closed in the early-1950’s.

Contributed by Church Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 4, 2012 at 1:56 am

The book Independence, by Richard N. Piland and Marietta Wilson Boenker (Google Books preview), says that the Electric Theatre was in the building at 215 North Main from the 1910s into the 1940s. This building is currently occupied by the Knitcraft yarn shop. I’ve been unable to find the Electric Theatre mentioned in any of the early trade journals.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’ve now found the Electric Theatre mentioned in a few trade journal items from the 1920s. A 1926 item in The Reel Journal mentioned the Electric as one of three Independence houses being operated by Glen W. Dickinson Enterprises. The others were the Lewis Theatre and the Elliot Theatre.

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