Liberty Theatre

115 S. Elson Street,
Kirksville, MO 63501

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The 1914 Sanborn shows a theatre operating in the Central Hotel, directly across the street from another small theatre. It appears the theatre was on the ground floor, with hotel rooms above. It was still open in October 1924.

Although some of the hotel still exists, at some point the portion which contained the theatre was demolished or heavily modified.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

This article from the Kirksville Daily Express mentions two early theaters that we don’t have listed at Cinema Treasures (the article also mentions the Gem, Colonial, and Family, and discusses the Princess and Kennedy a bit more.) One we don’t have listed was called the Harrington, which was in a building of its own, not part of a hotel, so it’s possible that this house on Elson Street was the other missing theater, which was called the Liberty.

The article says that the Liberty pre-dated the Princess, so it could have been there in 1914, even though it isn’t listed in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory. The article also says the Liberty was advertised in October, 1924, and I found it mentioned in the December 13 issue of Exhibitor’s Trade Review that same year. It was then being operated by a fellow named D. J. Michael.

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