Mecca Theatre

313 Boonville Avenue,
Springfield, MO 65806

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The Mecca Theatre was another of the nickelodeons that was located in downtown Springfield. It opened on September 5, 1908 and closed in 1910.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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dallasmovietheaters on November 8, 2020 at 5:11 am

Captain Peabody brought his show business craft dating back to the “museums” of 1870s Kansas City to Springfield shepherding motion picture presentation at the Majestic, the Gem, and here at the Mecca. Combining motion pictures, tableau vivant/poses plastiques, illusion, and vaudeville, the Mecca launched as a family resort theatre experience on September 5, 1908.

Peabody would also program the Gem Theatre at its opening a year later. Professor Steora was installed as the full time magician and he along with motion pictures carried the Mecca only until 1910 when Professor Steora and the Mecca appear to have vanished for the last time. It was replaced by a meat market in 1911.

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