Empire Theatre

123 N. Main Street,
Maryville, MO 64468

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Previous Names: Opera House

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Empire - Maryville, MO

First appearing on the 1909 Sanborn as an opera house, it later converted to movies under the Empire Theatre name. It was destroyed in a fire in late-1925. Currently the site is a masonic lodge being used as an auto parts store. Original building was an attractive two story structure with a peaked roof, and columns beside the entry. There was office space in front, used by the city utilities.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

The 1912-1913 Cahn guide lists the Empire Theatre as a ground floor house with 392 seats on the main floor, 238 in the balcony, and 10 in boxes. The stage was 35 feet from footlights to back wall, and 44 feet between the side walls.

DavidZornig on March 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

Several property records indicate the current building as being built in 1910. The Mason “G” is visible in the stonework above the second floor in the street view.

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