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Empress Theater
Empress Theater
TitleEmpress Theater
DescriptionPostcard of the Empress Theater
Historical ArticleThe Empress Theater, at the northwest corner of twelfth and McGee streets, with its handsome front and marquee on McGee, was built by the Sullivan and Considine Vaudeville circuit. At the time it was considered on of the most modern vaudeville houses in America.

The $180,000 fireproof building of concrete, steel, marble and tile opened in May, 1910, with three vaudeville and motion picture shows daily, 2:30, 7:30 and 9:30 o'clock.

An electric lighted sign hangs over Twelfth street on 1911 postcard. A motor car and one horse and buggy are parked near the entrance.

Controversy over a movie called 'Ecstasy' threatened to close the theater for a time, but the film played on in spite of critics.

With the decline of vaudeville, the theater became a burlesque house. It closed in the fall of 1936 after a proposed 40-week burlesque season lasted only 12 weeks. The building was then converted for use by shops.

The entire structure was razed in 1956 to make way for an 8-level parking garage for the Traders National bank. The basement of the old building was reinforced and is used for bank storage purposes.

Kansas City Star
January 10, 1969

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectBuildings
Empress Theater
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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