Joy Theatre

714 E. Washington Street,
Hayti, MO 63851

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Located on E. Washington Street in Hayti, the Joy Theatre opened on December 19, 1949 with Henry Fonda in “My Darling Clementine”. The Joy Theatre was closed on November 11, 1965 with Georgia Lee in “The Restless Ones”. The building was then used for special events into 1966. It has been demolished since its closing.

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dallasmovietheaters on April 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm

John Mohrstadt launched the new-build Joy Theatre on December 19, 1946. The building had started on March 1, 1946. It was named in honor of the Mohrstadt’s baby daughter. The opening film was, “My Darling Clementine.” Western star Tim McCoy made an in-person appearance at the the theatre in October 21, 1965. The last film appears to be “The Restless Ones” on November 11, 1965. The Joy appears to have operated to the end of a 20-year lease with some special events but no films in 1966.

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