Hickory Theatre

S. Spring Street and Polk Street,
Hermitage, MO 65668

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The 180-seat Hickory Theatre opened on April 26, 1946 with Peter Lawford in “Son of Lassie”. It was destroyed by fire on November 8, 1949.

It was rebuilt and reopened on April 28, 1950 with Red Skelton in “Neptune’s Daughter”. The theatre seated 275 and was closed on September 1, 1959 with Mamie Van Doren in “Born Reckless”.

Free screenings for kids continued until 1961. On August 19, 1961 it became a short lived country music venue, which closed on October 21, 1961. In February 1963 it was converted into the Payne Recreation Hall.

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dallasmovietheaters on January 12, 2021 at 3:56 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Hackett launched the first Hickory Theatre on April 26, 1946 with “Son of Lassie.” The 180-seat theatre was named after the Hermtiage’s county of Hickory. The Hickory was destroyed on November 8, 1949 when a fire destroyed virtually the entire West Side of the Hermitage square. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Troxel rebuilt the venue from the ground up, re-launching April 28, 1950 with Red Skelton in “Neptune’s Daughter.” The theatre closed on September 1, 1959 with “Born Reckless.”

The Hickory was used for free kids and farm implement related screenings until 1961. On August 19, 1961, the venue reopened as a country music venue with The Ozark Mountain Boys headlining. That operation ceased on October 21, 1961. The building was converted in February of 1963 becoming the Payne Recreation Hall.

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