311 SE Douglas Street,
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Firms: Boller Brothers
Previous Names: Douglas Theatre, Lee Theatre
The Douglas Theatre was listed as open in 1926. It was renamed the Lee Theatre in 1937 and was demolished apart from a common wall, to build the Vogue Theatre to the plans of architect Larry P. Larsen. The theatre was remodeled in 1949 with two balconies added headed by the architectual firm of the Boller Brothers out of Kansas City. Seating was increased from 350 to 512.
The Vogue Theatre survived through the 1960’s into the 1970’s. Through a downtown revitalization the Vogue Theatre got a new life. Not as a theatre though. The balconies wre removed since they no longer met the city’s codes and the theatre building was redone into 18 luxury apartments with retail on the first level. The building is a bright spot in the landscape of downtown Lee’s Summit. You can still see how beautiful the theatre once was.
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