Blue Note Theatre

17 N. 9th Street,
Columbia, MO 65201

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Blue Note Nightclub (Official)

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp.

Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Live Performances, Nightclub

Styles: Italian Renaissance

Previous Names: Varsity Theatre, Film Arts Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 573.874.1944

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The Varsity Theatre opened on October 3, 1927 with Norma Talmadge in “Camille”. It was taken over by Commonwealth Theatres in 1955 and closed around 1963. It was reopened on October 13, 1966 with “Dear John” and was renamed Film Arts Theatre. It was closed May 2, 1972.

Between 1972 and 1991 it was used for various functions such as craft shows and antique sales. In 1991 it reopened as the Blue Note Theatre, a nightclub and live performance venue.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Chuck

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2011 at 5:13 am

David and Noelle Soren’s list of known Boller Brothers theaters includes the Varsity in Columbia.

paudnl on June 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

In the late 1960s, the Varsity became the Film Arts Theatre, which was run by Commonwealth Theatres.

rivest266 on December 16, 2023 at 9:47 am

Opened as Varsity on October 3rd, 1927 and closed in 1959. It was reopened by Commonwealth as the Film Arts on June 13th, 1966. Grand opening ads posted

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