Uptown Theater

3700 Broadway,
Kansas City, MO 64111

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rivest266 on April 28, 2018 at 2:26 pm

January 6th, 1928 grand opening ad in the photo section.

OKCdoorman on March 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

The Uptown actually opened on Friday, January 6, 1928 (I’m looking at the ad) for an 8:15pm reserved-seat premiere, although regular showings did begin on Saturday afternoon the 7th. [Kansas City Times]

WTKFLHN on January 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm

A friend of mine, Jack S. Who at one time was the assistant mgr of the Uptown and was mgr of the Apollo before it closed for the last time, told me the last time he was in the Uptown was during that 50 cent era. He said it was in bad shape. The floors were sticky from spilled drinks and just wasn’t clean. It upset him to see it like that and he never went back.

OKCdoorman on January 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

National General had reduced the Uptown’s admission price to 50 cents (their other KC theaters were sold to Mann Theaters by summer; its sister theatre, the Brookside, then took over as a 50-cent-house by summer) before what appears to be its final day as an all-out movie theater on Sunday, April 15, 1973, with a Disney double feature of SNOWBALL EXPRESS and $1,000,000 DUCK.

WTKFLHN on August 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Although I don’t live in KC anymore, I was happy to catch some glimpses of the remodeled Uptown when President Obama made a speech on his recent trip to KC. It looks Great! My compliments to Larry Sell and his efforts to keep this beautiful theater in good shape.

WTKFLHN on July 18, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I can remember going to the Uptown on Sunday afternoon’s. Alberta Byrd used to give organ concerts and play request for about 30 min. before the show would start. This was probably around 1949 or so.

Don H.

jgrebe on April 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

The organ that was installed , a Robert Morton 3m/13r has been installed in a suburb of St. Louis, MO and has grown to a 3m/36r
since the late 1960’s

TLSLOEWS on December 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Very Uptown kind of theatre,great pictures.

seymourcox on September 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm

From the J.K. Redmond Photo Archives come these vintage images of the Uptown Theatre -
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Jean on July 20, 2009 at 3:30 am

Oops! Wrong Uptown!

Jean on July 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

I am related to KATZ of Balaban & Katz. My late mom and her cousin used to get into all the b&K theatres for free as kids!

MPol on May 31, 2009 at 6:12 am

What a beautiful theatre!

MPol on May 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

What a fabulous-looking theatre! Hope it stays.

johngladeau on August 14, 2008 at 6:51 pm

I’m John Gladeau, President of the Old Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. I would like to correct a statement made by someone who misrepresents themselves on this site as “the truth”. I have never said anything derogatory about Larry Sells. He and the redevelopment group he is associated with did an outstanding job restoring the Uptown theater. I consider Larry to be a friend and find it offensive that someone would assert that I would publically or privately make such an unsavory comment about him. Furthermore, as a community leader I would never use profanity in any media interview regardless of the issue at hand. I suspect the person who posted the comment is the same cowardly individual who has been posting things all over the internet to defame my character and the character of others. He needs to find better things to do with his time.

Aparofan on August 29, 2007 at 8:07 am

I went to a concert here last night and was impressed by this great old palace. They did a good job with the renovation but the new paint scheme is a little loud and garish. I’m very happy it’s still around though. It’s a great place to see a show, even if it’s not movies.

kencmcintyre on June 14, 2007 at 3:04 pm

Here is a 24 page preview of a dissertation on the Uptown and other KC theaters;

bigkahuna133 on July 1, 2006 at 10:32 pm

I work at the Uptown Theater and if you want any new pictures go to www.uptowntheater.com

William on April 12, 2006 at 7:30 am

The Uptown Theatre opened on January 7th, 1928.

Patsy on February 13, 2006 at 12:41 pm

Cinema Tour shows 2 lobby photos and several other exterior photos along with the ticket kios which I hope has not be altered or removed, but will wait for an official answer and hopefully a few auditorium photos showing how the atmospheric feel was changed.

Patsy on February 13, 2006 at 12:37 pm

I’m afraid if I were go inside this Eberson theatre that was once a grand atmospheric theatre and see it as it is today I would be sadly disappointed. Hope someone posts more recent interior photos.

Patsy on February 13, 2006 at 12:33 pm

Michael: One of the photos posted by Lost Memory shows the area that has no seats which looks very strang, imo and would look better if restored back to the original concept and as architect, John Eberson intended!

MikeParsons on February 13, 2006 at 12:08 pm

Actually I have been to concerts at the uptown a couple of times. The acoustics and scenery of the Uptown are perfect. However up from under the balcony to the stage there are no seats. There is a bar/club attached to the entrance (I think it was finished 2 years ago or so), and it is a very comfortable place. I have seen Fear Factory and Megadeth there, along with a bunch of other artists.

Patsy on September 12, 2005 at 8:13 am

lostmemory: Some great theatre AND drive-in photos when clicking on “This”…thanks again!

Patsy on September 10, 2005 at 4:47 pm

Cinema Tours lists this theatre as atmospheric, too!?!