Antioch 2 Theatre

5524 NE Antioch Road,
Kansas City, MO 64119

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Theaters Corp., Dickinson Theatres, Mann Theatres

Firms: Milton Costlow & Associates

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Antioch Theatre

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Antioch 2 Theatre

Located on Antioch Road at the edge of the Antioch Center. The Antioch Theatre originally a single screen which was opened by Commonwealth Theatres on March 30, 1967 with Walt Disney’s “The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin”. It had 800 seats. It was later converted to a twin. It was located at the opposite end of the Antioch Center from the Chouteau Cinema.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 8:31 pm

The Antioch was built for Commonwealth Theatres in 1966. The May 9 issue of Boxoffice Magazine reported that the house would have 910 seats, and was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates. Construction was slated to begin June 15, and completion was expected by November 1.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

Boxoffice of June 19, 1967, displays two small photos of the Antioch Theatre.

NGC received approval from a Federal court to acquire the Antioch and Metcalf theaters in 1968, according to Boxoffice of September 30 that year. The Antioch was mentioned as a Mann theater in Boxoffice of December 12, 1977.

I’ve found the Antioch Twin identified as a Dickinson house in Boxoffice as early as December, 1996, but I’ve been unable to discover when ownership was transferred to that circuit. I haven’t been able to find out when it closed, either. It was still being mentioned in Boxoffice in early 1998.

JoelWeide on August 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Dickinson acquired this and the Metcalf when they bought out Mann’s interests in Kansas and Missouri. If anyone has any links to additional information about the NGC/Federal court approval I would be interested in that information. NGC/Mann’s interests would also have included the Plaza downtown as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Here is a fresh link to the June 19, 1967, Boxoffice page with the two photos of the Antioch Theatre.

As a bonus, on this page of Boxoffice, January 15, 1968, is a photo of the Antioch’s lobby and concession stand.

MovieSnob on June 28, 2013 at 2:01 am

The Antioch and Metcalf must have run every Disney film the studio churned out. The two theaters did have their share of semi-exclusives, mostly B-level stuff that wouldn’t pass muster at the drive-ins.

There was a bit of a shock when the Antioch marquee changed from, “The Love Bug” to Carroll Baker in “Paranoia” with a 4-foot tall “X” on that massive marquee. Apparently it wasn’t a big deal, because sometime later the theater ran a Swedish double bill: “Inga” and “Fanny Hill”. Other than those engagements, The Antioch played mostly G and M/GP/PG features until the late ‘70s. Of note, after “Star Wars” completed its first year at the Metcalf, it appeared on a second screen in Kansas City—The Antioch, with a semi-exclusive for six weeks or so, before going wider.

The Antioch may have been the last single-screen theater built in Kansas City.

jpr88 on July 6, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Star Wars played exclusively at the Glenwood before opening on a second screen at Antioch.

Logan5 on September 20, 2014 at 3:11 am

The former Antioch 2 Theatre is currently a Berbiglia liquor store.

Chris1982 on September 20, 2014 at 4:48 am

Logan5, that is what bboy85 said in his comment on 6/16/06

kc86er on October 26, 2017 at 2:25 pm

The Antioch 2 Theatre opened in 1967 (with the first movie being “Bullwhip Griffin”, and closed in 1999 (with the last movie being a dollar showing of the 1998 “Parent Trap” remake).

rivest266 on May 6, 2018 at 7:32 pm

This opened on March 30th, 1967. An ad with a picture in the photo section.

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