189 W. 12th Street,
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The Gayety Theater was situated at the southeast corner of 12th and Wyandotte, adjacent to the very popular Muehlebach hotel just to the east. The theater was erected on the site of the former residence of meat packing magnate A. W. Armour. Designed by Kansas City architect Carl Boller and built of reinforced concrete and ornamental stone, the Gayety could seat almost 1,600: 570 on the orchestra floor, 100 in boxes, 400 on the balcony, and 500 in the gallery. The surrounding building also housed several stores on the ground floor and seventeen offices on the second story. The owners of the Gayety formerly operated the Majestic, a nearby burlesque house, and they provided the same type of entertainment at their new house. These shows sometimes led to trouble. In 1927, a performance in which a woman danced was declared to be “immoral and indecent” and led to an injunction against the theater operators. The Gayety operated as a theater from 1909 to 1935. In the 1940s, a popular nightclub called the College Inn was housed in the Gayety building. The structure was razed in 1950 in order to make way for an expansion of the Muehlebach Hotel.
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