Palace on the Plaza 14

500 Nichols Road,
Kansas City, MO 64112

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Previously operated by: Cinemark

Functions: Retail

Styles: Spanish Colonial

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Palace on the Plaza 14

Located in the Plaza in Kansas City. Cinemark opened the Palace 14 on May 7, 1999 seating 2,800. The Palace 14 replaced the shuttered Plaza Theatre two blocks away. The theatre is equivalent to a three story building and takes up an entire city block. The exterior is beautiful with a Spanish motif that blends with the other buildings in the Plaza. A really nice but small two sided marquee with a vertical that says PALACE at the front of the marquee.

It has a huge open lobby with chandeliers from the third floor ceiling. You reach the ticket counters as soon as you walk into the lobby and then a central concession stand in the middle. There are escalators on both sides of the lobby to take you to the upper level auditoriums. There are two satellite concessions stands on the upper level. The entire motif of the theatre is of Spanish style. Well lighted and very colorful. THX auditoriums, stadium seating, spacious aisles and Dolby in all auditoriums. It was closed on May 19, 2019 to be converted into a Nordstrom store.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

JimS1 on February 11, 2009 at 9:31 pm

The entire place, from the carpet to the walls could use a good scrubbing. And don’t get me started on the bathrooms. But it’s a block away from my apartment so naturally I will patronize the venue. Comfortable seats and good sized screens in the larger auditoriums. But the management really needs to pay more attention to the property and spiff up the place a bit. I’m surprised Highland Properties which manages the Plaza shopping district, hasn’t come down on Cinemark. Warren Theatres in Wichita is a really good chain. I wish Warren would come in and take over the Palace Cinemark.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on January 2, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I would agree with getting the Warren Theater Co. into the Palace and maybe even a few other theaters. They would fit right in with our wonderful local theater owners of the Eastland Theaters and the Fine Arts Theaters. The closest thing we have to a Warran Theater is the beautiful AMC Mainstreet which is a retored old movie palace. The outside of the building is one of the most beutiful in the entire city. Thanks AMC.

JoelWeide on May 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Following Link. Thank you!

Carlj on August 22, 2012 at 4:41 pm

great theater, we take the kids down there alot….cheap prices on the weekends during the day. Noodles is now down below where the McDonalds used to be.

Logan5 on September 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Apparently the Palace now occupies the space that was once the Seville Cinema (Seville Square 4) at 500 Nichols Road.

sunflower62 on July 30, 2015 at 4:42 am

Actually, the Palace is not in the same space as the Seville Square 4, but it is in the same building. The building was evidently a Sears originally. I remember going there in the early 80s. It had been converted into a shopping mall, with dozens of very expensive boutique shops, mostly jewelry and clothing. It had four floors, plus basement, with a skybridge on the 2nd floor that took you over the street to and from the parking garage. The Seville 4 was located in the west end of the basement. There was a bar/restaurant on the east end. Those theaters were operated by MidAmerica Cinemas and the auditoriums were so tiny and the projection booth so low, that when you stood up, the light from the projectors would cast a shadow on the screen. Pretty bad place to see a movie, altho it certainly did business in the ‘70s. The last time I was there, the basement was closed off, that theater long gone. The three elevators are in the same place (upgraded) and the escalators too. There are still a few first floor retail spaces, mostly vacant, but the Cinemark 14 now occupies the west upper half of the building. The theaters are on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and the projection booths are on the 3rd and 4th floors. When I came back in 2002, I was amazed at the job they had done incorporating some of the original building into the theater. Even the skybridge is still there, but now it is part of the theater, (carpeted), and takes you from the lobby to the 5 large auditoriums which were built on top of the parking garage across the street. You can exit from those theaters into the garage, but you can no longer enter from there. Two of the original escalators (up, down) take you to the 2nd floor where you buy your tickets and then enter, while the other escalators (up, down) are inside the lobby and take you to the 9 other auditoriums on the 3rd floor. The escalators that went from 3 to 4 have been removed. Two of the elevators will take you to the 2nd floor entrance, while the 3rd elevator has been incorporated inside the theater to serve the 3rd floor down to the 2nd and vice versa for purposes of ADA accessibility. (In other words, if you get on at the 1st floor, the elevators will not take you to the 3rd or 4th floor anymore and let you bypass the ticket window on the 2nd!). The 2nd floor lobby has a concession stand and a “VIP” theater which is very small, about 40 seats with a tiny screen, and serves food and drinks. I prefer the 5 theaters across the skybridge, which are large, spacious and comfortable theaters with large screens and excellent sound systems seating 250 to 400. There is an additonal concession stand there. The 9 theaters on the 3rd floor are all fairly small, ranging from 65 to 150 seats. I haven’t been to the theater in several years, but it was a favorite spot back when I used to make frequent trips to Kansas City. Their architect did a great job of repurposing the space, but it is a little strange to see that large building that used to be home to so many businesses, now primarily occupied by one.

Buck Wilson
Buck Wilson on May 15, 2019 at 9:33 pm

This theater will unfortunately be closing permanently on Sunday, May 19th, 2019 to make room for a Nordstroms. It is possible that half of the auditoriums get redone for a smaller, more upscale complex a few years in the future according to this article:

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on October 30, 2021 at 8:54 am

Does anyone know what are the plans for the part of the Palace Theater complex in the old Sears Building. Some are saying that B&B Theaters are going to renovate and take over. I loved the former larger auditoriums across the walk way and the pictures on the walls of history movie palaces. Hope a lot of that ends up in another theater somewhere. I know there have been problems on The Plaza but I cannot imagine the Plaza without movie theaters.

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