Wayne Theatre

197 N. Benton Street,
Waynesville, MO 65583

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

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Circa 1950 postcard courtesy Richard Toops‎.

The Wayne Theatre was opened in 1941. It was operated by Commonwealth Amusement when it was closed on January 1, 1949.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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DavidZornig on October 24, 2019 at 10:30 am

Address was 197 N. Benton Street. Demolished prior to July 2008 street view.

1942 postcard & description added courtesy Route 66 Postcards.

“Here is a historic photo from the Old Route 66 city of “WAYNESVILLE, MISSOURI” in the beautiful Ozarks. We believe it to be about 1942 based on the movie advertised in the City Drug Store side window and the automobiles. According to the “Route 66 in Pulaski County, Missouri a local history” by Terry Primas, “The Wayne Theatre was the first movie theater in Waynesville, opening four days earlier than the Fort Wood Theatre. It was located midway on the west side of the square and seated 400. It is the white building in front of the auto. The Wayne closed January 1, 1949. Admission was 10 cents for children and 20 cents for adults. The theater along with Dodds General Store building became Pete Rouse’s Western Auto Associate Store which burned. The site is now occupied by Roubidoux Plaza.”

DavidZornig on October 24, 2019 at 11:06 am

Circa 1950 postcard added courtesy Richard Toops‎.

MichaelKilgore on April 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm

Variety, Jan. 14, 1949: “Commonwealth Amus. Co., Kansas City, purchased the Wayne, Waynesville, Mo., from J. T. Ghosen, Sedalia, Mo. House will be closed since the Commonwealth owns the Fort Wood, 800-seater in same town.”

DavidZornig on April 16, 2021 at 1:17 pm

The Fort Wood Theatre mentioned is listed as Park Cinema on CT. It increased the seats to 1,234 at some point. Park Cinema CT page below.


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