Bannister Square 6 Cinemas

5301 E. Bannister Road,
Kansas City, MO 64137

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, Commonwealth Theatres, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

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Bannister Square 6 Cinemas

The Bannister Square 6 was located opposite the Bannister Mall just down from the Bannister Mall 5 Cinemas. It was opened by AMC on May 15, 1981. It was closed April 29, 1999.

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swdailey on August 6, 2006 at 6:27 pm

Bannister Square 6 was AMC. A friend and I actually drove up from Springfield in the early 80s and went there because it had Dolby Stereo, still a novelty at the time (we were seeing “Blade Runner”). Although built just a few years before the Oak Park Plaza, it never seemed as nice. The Bannister 5 in the mall was owned by a different chain.

jumpinjiminy on August 22, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Theater opened approximately 1983, closed 1998. At present the theater sits empty. There were some incidents of vandalism and a shooting which prompted the closing of this theater.

Logan5 on September 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

Correct address is 5301 East Bannister Road, on the opposite (south) side of Bannister Road from Bannister Mall, rather than on the mall property. After the AMC theatre closed, the building was occupied by Pro Plex Entertainment as a venue for boxing, concerts, etc.

ebhaynz on December 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

I think this was the Bannister Square 6, which was run by AMC and operated across the street—south from Bannister Mall. Starting around 1983 I went there many times. I distinctly remember seeing Jaws3D(July 83?) and Dead Zone(Oct 83?) and I would often go to their Fri or Sat midnight movies, which would typically show R rated fare like Flesh Gordon or an obscure AC/DC rockumentary..either way I saw both lol.

Back in 1983 the Bannister Square 6 was a nice, new theater, there was a convenient little restaurant across the parking lot, it might have been a Godfather’s pizza or a Friday’s. The Bannister Mall across the street was pretty upscale and there wasn’t a lot of riff-raff, at least in the mid 80’s. I hear by the mid 90’s there were gangs riding to the mall via Bus from Raytown, which was not only the beginning of the end but THE END.

RIP AMC Bannister Square 6.

OKCdoorman on December 9, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Wednesday evening Kansas City Star edition of May 13, 1981, readers noticed a page-center caricature ad of Clark Gable intoning: “Frankly, K.C., you don’t want to miss the Grand Opening of AMC Theatres' newest…THE BANNISTER SQUARE 6…this Friday and Saturday across from Bannister Square Mall…THE BANNISTER SQUARE 6—it’s "Cina-mazing [sic].” (Following day’s Star and opening day ad featured a Woody Allen-type: “My analyst really couldn’t believe it.”).

Opened Friday, May 15, 1981, with HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, Oliver Stone’s THE HAND, TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT, THE JAZZ SINGER, THE COMPETITION, and a double-feature of 10 and CADDYSHACK. (and a local AMC sister theater, the Brywood, “went dollar” the same day).

Closed permanently without ever having been a discount house on Thursday, April 29, 1999, with Eddie Griffin in FOOLISH, LOST & FOUND, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in LIFE, THE MATRIX, DOUG’S 1ST MOVIE, and BABY GENIUSES. [Kansas City Star]

rivest266 on May 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

My comment on September 16th, 2006 were inaccurate. It opened on May 15th, 1981. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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