As film soared in popularity in the early 20th century, movie houses became a necessity. In some cases theatres did double duty, providing both live performances and silver screen spectacles.
Throughout the early and midcentury, Kansas City theatres such as The Uptown, Orpheum, and Tower Theatre were bustling centers for experiencing worlds unseen and lives unlived.
Roger Ebert once said: “Old Theatres are irreplaceable…their spirit could not be duplicated because they remind us of a day when going to a show was a more glorious and escapist experience. I think a town’s old theatres are the sanctuary of its dreams.”
Experience the spirit of Kansas City's "sanctuaries" for yourself!
All photographs were taken from the Joseph K. Redmond Jr. Collection housed in LaBudde Special Collections at Miller Nichols Library. Click here to see more of the collection.
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