Emerald Theatre

3551 Prospect Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64128

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Emerald theater 1915

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The Emerald was another neighborhood house and one of many located along Prospect Avenue. It was about eight blocks east of the Woodland Theatre. The Emerald was opened in 1936 and seated a little over 700. It closed in the late 50’s and has since been demolished. It was located on Prospect between 35th and 36th Street. It opened as the Pic.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The Emerald Theatre was in operation by 1915, according to the date the Kansas City Library gives this photo of it. The following year the operators opened an airdome across the street, according to this item from the July 22, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World:

“Emerald Airdome Opens.

“Kansas City, Mo.—The open air Emerald theater, with a seating capacity of 1,000, has opened, at Thirty-sixth street and Prospect avenue. The management believes in giving the open air as good service as is given in the ‘winter’ theater across the street, and the projection is particularly well cared for. The charge is five cents. Business up to winter standards is expected. The program, too, is kept up.”

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