Summit Theatre

1717 Summit Street,
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Functions: Housing

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Summit Theatre

The Summit Theatre was a small neighborhood house located on Summit Street at W. 19th Street. The theatre opened in 1913 seating 622. By 1941, and through at least until 1950, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement. The Summit Theatre closed June 29, 1955. It reopened on May 18, 1956 screening Spanish movies. Later closed, the ground floor became a restaurant, and the remainder of the building has been converted into apartments.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 10:38 pm

The Summit is now the Chez Elle Crepenie and Coffee House. Front facade looks nice; no idea how much or if any of the interior still exists.

spectrum on November 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm

The restaurant’s website is . From the pictures it looks like it’s all new inside (probably wasn’t much left when they bought the building) but it’s done up very nicely.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on November 26, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Thanks spectrum.At least it isn’t another parking lot.

OKCdoorman on February 5, 2017 at 5:51 pm

Closed for good on Wednesday, June 29, 1955, with a double-feature of a ten-year old Yvonne De Carol oater, FRONTIER GAL, and a more recent Lippert Pictures procedural, 1954’s THE BIG CHASE starring soon-to-be the Amazing Colossal Man, Glenn Langan. [Kansas City Star]

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 22, 2018 at 9:57 pm

The restaurant occupies only the ground floor of the former theater building, and perhaps not all of that. According to a listing at Trulia, the remainder of the building has been converted into 8 residential apartments. The Summit Theatre was built in 1913, and was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of The American Moving Picture Directory.

dallasmovietheaters on November 29, 2020 at 8:38 pm

The Summit Theater reopened beginning May 18, 1956 playing Spanish language films by Joseph R. Duran. After closing again, it would become an antique store. In 2006, the theatre was restored and reopened for special events before being converted to condos.

robboehm on November 30, 2020 at 12:41 pm

Uploaded current photos of the building. The restaurant, Chez Elle, has closed.

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