211 E. 12th Street,
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Previously operated by: Fox Midwest Theatres
Architects: Edgar T. Madorie
Previous Names: 12th Street Theatre, Wonderland Theatre, Downtown Theatre
One of the long gone downtown houses of Kansas City. Opened as the 12th Street Theatre on April 22, 1911. It had 650-seats. It was closed on October 5, 1918 and was demolished. A new 12th Street Theatre was built on the same spot. Designed by architect Edgar P. Madorie. It opened on June 20, 1920 with Anita Stewart in “The Yellow Typhoon” It briefly became the Wonderland Theatre in 1932. Then Downtown Theatre from May 6, 1934. On August 18, 1938 it was renamed Esquire Theatre when it was taken over by Fox Midwest Theatres. It was closed on January 8, 1955, but reopened as the Esquire Theatre in September 1956. It was closed on January 28, 1960 with Brigitte Bardot in “..and God Created Woman”, Jane Russell in “The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown” & Dean Martin in “Ten Thousand Bedrooms”. It was demolished in summer of 1960.
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