Friday, June 12, 2009
Plaza Theatre Kansas City, MO
One of my all time favorite movie theaters is the Plaza Theater in Kansas City, MO. Located on the famous Country Club Plaza shopping area, it served the Kansas City area for a little over 70 years. It opened in 1928 with a beautiful Spanish style architecture that fit in well with the rest of the area. It was a grand old movie palace with a beautiful interior as this shot of the auditorium from the 1940's shows.
It remained a single screen house for many years. It was twinned in the 1970's and triplexed in the 1980's. This shot from 1979 was not long after it was twinned.
I started going there a lot when I was in college. I loved the retro style of the place and it was still in pretty good shape. I was crushed when it closed in 1998 in order to put a Restoration Hardware into the building. It's a travesty that I'm still upset about over 10 years later. I did keep the ticket stub from the final time I went there.
I have a lot of great memories of this fantastic theater and it's a big shame that it's no longer there.