Oak Park Theatre

3935 Prospect Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64130

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Oak Park Theatre

The Oak Park Theatre was one of three theatres located on Prospect Avenue within an eight block stretch. It was located in the Oak Park neighborhood. Opened on December 25, 1925 with Robert Frazer in “Keeper of the Bees”. It seated 1,091. The front of building was an all red brick with the center coming to a large “V” shape. The front had double steeple like towers on each end of the front façade. The auditorium was a large single floor building with a large domed roof. It originally had a large triangular shaped marquee. The Oak Park Theatre was closed on May 17, 1959 with Jack Lemmon in “Some Like It Hot” & Charles Boyer in “La Parisienne”. It was converted into a church.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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ladymjw on August 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Thanks for the pictures of the old movie theater I went to from 1940 until it closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 26, 2012 at 3:01 am

Facade and auditorium photos of the Oak Park Theatre illustrated an ad for the Kooler-Aire Engineering Corporation on this page of Boxoffice predecessor Exhibitors' Forum, issue of April 7, 1931.

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on August 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

That was a beautiful theater. The later marquee must have been installed by the same company that did the Aladdin Theater because they looked very similar. Still looking for interior pics of the Oak Park and any pics of The Aladdin when it was still operating.

WTKFLHN on September 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I remember going to the Oak Park on many occasions as a child in the the late 40’s and early 50’s. It typically showed a double feature. My brother and my folks went on one Saturday and came in during one of the features. We stayed until we came to the place in the movie where we came in. I remember the seats in the theatre being the old wooden seats probably made during WWII or earlier. They weren’t the spring loaded type that come up when you stand up. My dad was leading the way out and still looking at the screen instead or where he was going. The seat on the aisle was down, and my dad stumbled and fell over it and broke a rib.

hgordon on April 10, 2016 at 11:28 am

As a kid in the 1930s, I and my friends walked to the Oak Park every Saturday afternoon. Great show for 10 or 20 cents. Double feature, I think, plus two serials, and a cartoon. They had the Popeye Club, and we wore Popeye pins. There was always a drawing where lucky winners were called to the stage to receive a prize, then they had a “Row Call” where a row number would be announced and everybody in that row would go on stage and get a small prize, like a bubble pipe. Serials I recall were Hopalong Cassidy, the Lone Ranger, and Flash Gordon among others. On Halloween, we wore costumes to the matinee.

The building, now a church, can be seen on Google.

aeast on July 10, 2016 at 2:33 am

It was here I saw an incredible double-feature of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Rear Window.” Cinematic heaven!

rivest266 on April 24, 2018 at 2:51 pm

This opened on December 25th, 1925. No grand opening ad appeared in the paper.

rivest266 on April 26, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Found pre opening ad from the 20th. Ad in photo section.

dallasmovietheaters on November 25, 2020 at 7:37 pm

The Oak Park ceased operations on May 17, 1959 with “Some Like it Hot” and “La Parisienne.” Just months later, it was operating as a house of worship

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