Cinema Theatre

1729 West Broadway,
Columbia, MO 65203

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp., Crown Theatres LLC, Hollywood Theaters

Firms: Milton Costlow & Associates

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Cinema Theatre

This theater was originally to be called the Crest Theatre when it was being built, but by the time the theater opened on June 8, 1966 it was simply called the Cinema Theatre. The Missouri Governor at that time was Warren Hernes who spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony followed by the opening feature movie “The Glass Bottom Boat” starring Doris Day.

Its opening was heralded with a modern concession area and the latest in motion picture projection. It had climate controlled heating and cooling with plush American Recliner seats. The box office was located in the lobby of the theater.

This theatre was part of the Commonwealth Theatre chain and was the last big auditorium in Columbia, Missouri. It was closed by Hollywood Theaters on November 30, 1998 screening “American History X” starring Edward Norton.

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Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Plans for the proposed Crest Theatre were announced in Boxoffice Magazine, February 1, 1965. The project was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates, architects of many theaters for the Commonwealth circuit.

Samuel56 on September 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This theater sat within feet of the Broadway Drive-In Theater, which was originally located just to the right of the Cinema Building. A supermarket is located there now.

paudnl on June 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Ironically, the first film to be shown at the Cinema was “The Glass Bottom Boat” and the last movie shown there was “Titanic.”

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

From the picture does not to be that large of a single screen house.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

A rendering of the Cinema Theatre appeared on this page of Boxoffice, October 11, 1965. The groundbreaking for the project had just taken place.

ptouchette81 on January 22, 2018 at 10:33 pm

The second film to play here was “The Sound of Music” opening June 22, 1966 for a 10-week engagement.

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