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Missouri Theatre, Saint Joseph

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The Missouri Theater is a theater located in St. Joseph, Missouri. Completed in July 1927, the Missouri Theater was built as a cinema in the atmospheric style, using a combination of Art Deco and Moorish detailing.

The Missouri Theater was designed by noted theater architects Boller Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri, with sculpture by Waylande Gregory. It was constructed by the Capital Building Company of Lincoln, Nebraska for local attorney and promoter Joseph Goldman. The theater has a single balcony that looks over a house designed to resemble an open tented courtyard, decorated with details borrowed from Assyrian and Persian architecture. While the theater was principally designed for movies, it could also be used for live performances, with dressing rooms, a fly loft and an orchestra pit. It also featured a Wurlitzer theater organ.
The Missouri Theater operated as a cinema until 1970. For the next few years it operated as a community theater, and was purchased by a community group in 1976. In 1978 the city of St. Joseph bought the theater for use as a performing arts center. The theater and office building were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is located in the St. Joseph's Commerce and Banking Historic District.

The theater was renovated in 2002. A 1960s canopy was removed and the marquee was restored.
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  • We attended the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swing band performance at the Missouri Theater in August 2019. Great show - and the setting of a 1940s movie palace fit nicely with a swimg band playing music... 
    We attended the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy swing band performance at the Missouri Theater in August 2019. Great show - and the setting of a 1940s movie palace fit nicely with a swimg band playing music...  more »
  • Take a step back in time. Definitely a place to visit while in St. Joseph! You will be amazed and your eyes will be on overload looking at all the beautiful details. 
    Take a step back in time. Definitely a place to visit while in St. Joseph! You will be amazed and your eyes will be on overload looking at all the beautiful details.  more »
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  • First time I've ever been here. Beautiful Theater. My son and I went to see Little Mermaid.
  • Went to the Missouri Theater to see my son's girlfriend dance competition and it was great clean big very nice people helping u at the entrance loved it and will be going back love it there

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