Ruskin I & II

11300 Blue Ridge Boulevard,
Kansas City, MO 64134

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rivest266 on July 24, 2022 at 10:36 am

Grand opening ad posted.

OKCdoorman on February 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Closed by Commonwealth while the 46th annual Academy Awards was occuring, Tuesday, April 2, 1974, showing in one auditorium Woody Allen’s SLEEPER, and in the other, Joe Don Baker in WALKING TALL [Kansas City Star]

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

An early photo of the Ruskin Theatres is on this page of Boxoffice, January 15, 1968.

christofermeissner on September 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

Thanks for that clarification, Joe. I checked the Boxoffice article you referenced, as well as the KC Star advertisement that I based my write-up on. The advertisement mentions Costlow Associates but does not indicate that the building was new construction. The Ruskin building is definitely freestanding from the shopping center. The building still exists and can be seen here (it’s the building in the upper left; the shopping center itself is to the right).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

The May 22, 1967, issue of Boxoffice Magazine said that Commonwealth’s new Ruskin I and II would be located in an existing building which had formerly been a bowling alley. The two-screen house was to have 744 seats, divided 364 and 380. Construction was slated to begin June 1.