Mozark Theatre

Park Central Square,
Springfield, MO 65806

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The Mozark Theatre was a small newsreel house located at 111 Kirby Arcade in downtown Springfield. It got its name from the location of Springfield, being located in the Missouri Ozarks.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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hhardley
hhardley on July 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

The Mozark Theater was located in the SW corner of the Public Square. It was torn down in the mid 50s to make way for an expansion of the Newberry’s Dime Store next door. I recall it showing westerns and was very small.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 21, 2014 at 12:58 am

Kirby’s Arcade was demolished ages ago and Google Maps will never find it. It is placing both the Mozark and the nearby Grand Theatre in the countryside near Fair Grove, miles outside Springfield. The nearest we’ll get to a correct address for these two theaters will probably be to place them on Park Central Square. The arcade started at the southwest corner of the square and, as near as I can determine, ran west to South Patton Street.

Judging from the style of the front, I suspect that the Newberry’s store hhardley mentions was probably in the building that now houses the Park Central Branch Library, so the theater was probably in or adjacent to that, tucked into the corner of the square. The Grand, at 127 Kirby Arcade, was probably near the Patton Avenue end of the Arcade.

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