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Missouri Movie Theatres (page 1)

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Princess Theatre
Aurora, MO
The Princess Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and was built in 1943. It closed in 2009. These photos are from 2010. Around 2013, the readerboard marquee was replaced with an electronic message board. The building now houses a church. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

El-Jon Theatre [gone]
Brunswick, MO
Esquire Theatre
Cape Girardeau, MO
The El-Jon Theatre opened in 1945. It closed in 1960 and became a bowling alley. The building had apparently been vacant for many years. This photo is from 2010. The building was demolished in 2012. For more, see this website.

The Esquire Theatre was built in 1947. It closed in 1985 and has been vacant since then. For more, see this website. [map]

Uptown Theatre
Carrollton, MO
McCutchen Theater
Charleston, MO
The Uptown Theatre opened in 1936. It has apparently been closed for many years. For more, see this website. [map]

The McCutchen Theatre opened in 1948. It has been closed for many years. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Missouri Theatre
Columbia, MO
2006: 2010:
The Missouri Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1928 as a vaudeville house. The fašade was remodeled in the 1960s to the look shown at the photos on the left above. The theatre was restored to its original appearance around 2008. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre has been home to the Missouri Symphony Society since 1987 and only shows movies once in awhile. For more, see this website. [map]

Orpheum Theatre
Hannibal, MO
Construction began on the Orpheum Theatre in 1918 and it opened in 1922. The exterior features bas-relief medallions depicting Orpheus in his chariot drawn by lions, Cupids representing music and draped figures representing dance. In 1936, the theatre was remodeled and the marquee replaced. The marquee was replaced again in the 1950s when the theatre was renamed the Tom Sawyer. Recent plans to restore the theatre and use it for live performances seem to have fallen through. For more, see this website. [map]

Englewood Theatre
Independence, MO
Midland Theatre
Kansas City, MO
The Englewood Theatre opened in 1949 and was restored in the 1980s. It closed in 2007 and was still vacant in 2010 when this photo was taken. For more, see this website. [map]

The Midland Theatre was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in 1927. It was originally named the Loew's Midland Theatre. The theatre served as a bowling alley in 1961. In 1966, the building returned to use as a movie theatre. In 1981, it became a performing arts venue. The theatre closed in 2006 for major renovations and reopened in 2008. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Mainstreet Theatre
Kansas City, MO
Gem Theatre
Kansas City, MO
The Mainstreet Theatre was designed by Rapp and Rapp. It opened in 1921 as a vaudeville and movie house. The theatre closed in 1938, reopened in 1941, and closed again in 1949. It was renamed the Empire Theatre in 1960. The theatre closed again in 1985 and was threatened with demolition. Restoration began in 2006. The theatre reopened in 2009 as the AMC Mainstreet Theatre. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Gem Theatre opened in 1912 as the Star Theatre. In 1923, the fašade was updated and the theatre was renamed. It continued to be a movie house until the mid-1970s when it switched to live performances. In the mid-1990s, the interior was gutted and rebuilt. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [night photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

Uptown Theatre
Kansas City, MO
The Uptown Theatre was designed by John Eberson and opened in 1928. It closed in 1989 and fell into disrepair. In 1994, the theatre was restored and reopened. The atmospheric theatre simulates a Mediterranean courtyard. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Plaza Theatre
Lamar, MO
The Plaza Theatre opened in 1934. It was remodeled in 1945. The theatre closed in 1986 after a fire. It reopened in 1998. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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