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Mike Gallagher commented about Aladdin Theatre on May 17, 2022 at 11:06 am

It is now official, the city has determined that the old theater is not safe and has scheduled demolition. At this point, I just wish the facade could be saved and secured for something new in the future.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Capitol Theatre on May 5, 2022 at 5:27 am

Looks like a large performance stage and that is great. The City of New London needs to get behind this restoration.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Capitol Theatre on May 5, 2022 at 5:26 am

The Capital Theater must be saved - there are Grants out there that can help with the restoration. This is truly a possible beautiful historic landmark.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Capitol Theatre on May 5, 2022 at 5:24 am

Really beautiful theater. Hope it can be restored to a performing arts venue - could be multi purpose with tiered seating both theater and table Las Vegas style with. I think it could compliment the Garde and not compete. The Garde can still show state of the art digital movies in a movie palace setting. The Capital could be simply live performance and also a banquet venue etc. This theater must be saved and the current owner is just not getting it done, or, anything else on that block

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Mike Gallagher commented about Vogue Theater, Kansas City, Missouri on Feb 13, 2022 at 2:32 pm

That is the Vogue Theater that was in Lee’s Summit, MO not the one on Broadway in KCMO

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Mike Gallagher commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 4, 2022 at 8:37 am

It would be great to replicate the original Neon that was on the Vogue Marquee and vertical blade sign. Downtown LS needs a historic type theater again. I thought the old Senior Citizen Center would have been a great site for a conversion to a Rio type theater that is in Overland Park KS or the Armour in N Kansas City.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Vogue Theatre on Feb 4, 2022 at 8:33 am

Wow, sad it was lost. It would be great for someone put in a vintage style movie theater back in downtown Lee’s Summit, MO. Maybe the Fine Arts Group in the future. LS already had a well known Neon Sign Co. that re-create a vintage beautiful NEON lit Marquee. . Maybe a combo, live performance venue and a movie theater similar to the RIO in Overland Park KS. LS is a perfect setting.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Plaza Theater on Jan 5, 2022 at 4:50 am

There seems to be a growing concern about no theaters operating on The Plaza. Many people have been angry ever since the Plaza was closed and converted to a short lived Restoration Hardware Store and then a knock off version. The ugly dark grey that replaced the white paint is dark and horrible for any retail situation. Many of us want the Plaza restored and returned as a Live Performing Arts Theater with ability to also show special movies. Although a removable flore was built along with a drop ceiling in the main auditorium to be the back room storage for the retail, much of the original decor is still there but hidden. Part of the old Balcony had to be modified to allow for the new restrooms to be built. All in all, we want the Plaza Theater back. It was not so altered that it could not be restored. Sadly the beautiful steps going up to the Balcony were removed along with covering the ornate steps going downstairs to the Lounge and Restrooms - Much of the Balcony is still the same and some have said the seats were never removed. The beautiful Spanish Style ceiling is still there, but would need a lot of repair due to the placement of new heating and AC in the building along with the dropped ceiling in the stock warehouse. Got to get more people behind this especially the Arts Community. Not sure what is happening with the Palace Theater main building. What are the plans for that? If we can get pride back at the Plaza with it being a safe place for night life, we need the Theaters back especially The once majestic Plaza. Anyone else the feels the same way, please comment.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 4, 2022 at 5:16 pm

Actually the Palace Theater was a nice performing arts theater with a large stage. My Aunt worked the Ticket office for many years until it closed. For the last 7 years, is mainly showed westerns and for a year was an Owl Movie theater meaning it was a 24 hour operation and that caused it to get a little seedy so that was short lived. Too bad it was not saved, since it could have been a nice live performance theater. Many People have forgotten KC’s Lyceum that was around the corner on 9th Street It butted up to the Palace South Side auditorium wall.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Palace on the Plaza 14 on Oct 30, 2021 at 5:54 am

Does anyone know what are the plans for the part of the Palace Theater complex in the old Sears Building. Some are saying that B&B Theaters are going to renovate and take over. I loved the former larger auditoriums across the walk way and the pictures on the walls of history movie palaces. Hope a lot of that ends up in another theater somewhere. I know there have been problems on The Plaza but I cannot imagine the Plaza without movie theaters.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Vista Theatre on Feb 23, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Wish someone had some interior pics of the Vista Theater, I know it was almost a twin of the Aladdin Theater.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Regent Theatre on Feb 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm

I wish there had been pictures posted of the interior – it was quite ornate for a small theater that included a balcony and quite ornate ceiling. Before it was demolished, it was converted into a much larger Penner’s Men’s Clothing Store. The leveled the main floor and redid the elec and Heating AC for that new area – not much of the actual auditorium was destroyed but I do remember taking a peak inside and I was quite impressed. It remained a Penner’s fro about 4+ years and then much of the stores on 12th were demolished, including some great restaurants and Adam’s Men’s Store on the Corner. I tried to see as much of the demolition of the Regent as I could, just like I sadly watched the demolition of the old Paramount and Roxy Theaters – treasures lost. The Regent still had its Theater Organ and Pipes etc along with its old Piano also destroyed during the demolition. It was easy to see just how ornate it was. Apparently, it was built primarily for movies but did have narrow stage area with rigging still in tack. I remember the Regent showing at least One Burlesque B&W film after two regular movies that were very popular with the GIs overseas during WWII. They were pretty harmless and also some of the skits pretty funny – they can be seen online. Downtown KC has lost so much of its history. I do not remember what Bank Building was built in its place, I want to say Mercantile Bank but what every it was, it did not last and I think the building is now just condo’s.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Avon Theatre Film Center on Nov 22, 2017 at 2:58 pm

How lucky for Stamford to still have this beautiful theater. So many wonderful neighborhood theaters are now history.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Merle Hay Mall Cinema on Oct 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

What is the current status of this wonderful big screen theater? I am still angry that the River Hills and Reviera are both gone. Don’t get me started about the Paramount downtown. Has the MH Cinema been stripped out completely? Is it even still standing?

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Mike Gallagher commented about Plaza Theater on Aug 30, 2017 at 8:03 am

Last Christmas, I was back in Kansas City and had noted previously that Restoration Hardware had left. I did not know they were going next door in space from the old Halls Store. So what is going on with the Plaza Theater Building? The actual ceiling was never destroyed and only a front portion of the balcony was removed.Come on UMKC restore the Plaza Theater as a Live Performing Arts Center. If not the Plaza – how about the old Lyric (Capri) Theater.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Plaza Theater on Mar 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm

I grew up in Kansas City and loved the Plaza Theater. It was the gem of JC Nickels Co. Sadly the theater was made a 3plex and then closed and remodeled as A Restoration Hardware Store. I understand that much of the auditorium was saved including the Stage and the ceiling even though that space was used as back stock storage the The Floor was modified in a way that it too could actually be restored at a later date back to a theater. The front part of the balcony was sadly removed and they did not use the downstairs lounges and they were left intact. Now that the Restoration Hardware Store is gone, this would be a good time for the theater to be completely restored as a live performing arts venue maybe associated with UMKC, Put the auditorium back to the way it was. There is room to increase the stage and back stage area. Not sure what is going on with the Plaza – too many empty buildings. I understand that even Houston’s has not closed. The Business, Arts and KC Historic Community need to get behind putting the Plaza Theater Back together. The Midland, still beautiful, is now and oversized live music Bar venue and it is deteriorating with the excessive loud music. I saw a lot of problems in the auditorium and the management is doing nothing about it. Very sad. Save and Restore the once majestic Plaza Theater before it is too late.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Orpheum Theater, St. Louis, MO on Feb 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm

It is now Feb 2017, is there any updates on plans to get this once beautiful theater up and running with the lights on again? I know that about 5 years ago there was some serious discussion about demolishing that auditorium and keeping the facade and building two banquet rooms for the adjoining Hotel. I hope that conversation is history.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Community Theatre on Jan 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

I just took a trip back home to Kansas City, MO from Connecticut and took a drive downtown Kansas City, KS and was disappointed to see a vacant lot where the Avenue Theater once stood. I know it was closed for many years after being used by a church. However, it was not really changed in side with the exception of the movie screen, framing and the speakers being removed so the stage are could be more multi-purpose. When I moved to CT 3 years ago, I was informed that a real plan to clean up the old Avenue (later Cameo) Theater and to begin showing movies again – most likely Spanish Produced movies was almost a done deal. The biggest expense was going to be the purchase of all digital projection equipment and outfitting the stage area with a new screen and speakers. I actually was able to take a look inside before the wood protections were put in place. The theater was in very good shape with some lite water damage in the ceiling. The seats were all there and even the last remaining curtain and rig. It would have been very easy to spruce up this single screen gem still standing in the KC Metro. Not sure why this effort fell apart and the gov did not get behind it. I also noticed that the Granada Theater re done about 7 years ago has received a new facelift and seems to be a multi-use Spanish Church related venue with the capability of still showing movies but no digital projection equipment according to a man coming out of the Granada. I think Kansas City, KS gov made a huge mistake to not save the old Electric Theater which was very similar to the KCMO Folly and Orpheum Theaters inside. It could have been a wonderful live performance theater incorporated into all of the re-development in the that two block area. Seems like it is always the theaters that get demolished. Saving the Avenue as a real Community Theater would have been a very smart move.

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Mike Gallagher commented about 12-27-15 on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:14 am

I would have loved to have seen the new Star Wars movie in this beautiful historic Theater.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Aladdin Theatre on Apr 7, 2016 at 8:53 am

Whoever Aladdin Rose is – I would appreciate it if you would call me at 816 813-3664 Mike G

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Mike Gallagher commented about Aladdin Theatre on Apr 7, 2016 at 8:52 am

I see the pic with the damage but cannot place the location. The auditorium’s roof is completely covered with a metal roof and doubt it that was damaged. Maybe this is one of the side buildings. Not sure if the back of the theater where the screen and speakers once were was covered by the metal roof, so it could be that or one of the side buildings. It needs to be repaired by someone. Have all the church furnishings been removed. If not, I would buy the Hammond Organ and Leslie Speaker because I originally sold it to that church to the older church owner. Someone needs to let me know. AS for the the auditorium. All of the drop ceiling and the side wall paneling needs to be removed. There is damage to the ceiling from the old rug cleaning company but that could be repaired – it is a sprayed on insulation between the beams. The lights in the ceiling are pretty cool. The Heating and AC would need to be completely redone and also the plumbing but it could be done as a non profit organization. The Aladdin could be home to many of the fine Hispanic Movies available but would require digital project and sound. It would be a pretty major effort, but I think a lot of donations would come in to do it. The company that did the liter weighted beautiful neon marquee could probably replicate a new Marquee and blade sign at a reasonable price. I know the Eastside is in pretty bad shape but the Mayor as insisted that moneys be allocated to improve the Eastside of KC – so Grants are always available but they must be written up and submitted – Federal, State and Local. It is a treasure well worth saving. It could also be a local live performance venue and movie theater, just put the new screen on a roll about frame to be moved to the back wall and build out the stage floor about 10 feet. A lot of vintage items could be acquired from Wade Williams and the Fine Arts Group. I know they would be excited and helpful.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Orpheum Theatre on Apr 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I think there may have been a different theater in Boston than what you are talking about. It was designed by the same company the built the Orpheum Theaters in New Orleans, Kansas City and St.Louis. Maybe it was not known as the Orpheum in Boston, but was on the same circuit in the early days. Today’s Orpheum Theater in Boston is not the same theater that was part of the group of theaters built at the same time with a similar design. I will try to find out more about it. However, with that said, I am so grateful that the Boston Paramount has been saved and is beautiful again and also the theater up the street which I think is called The Lyric.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Kimo Theatre on Apr 24, 2015 at 11:15 am

I remember my Dad and I going to the KIMO to see the movie – A Raisin in the Sun. It had an exclusive run at the KIMO and did very well. Ruby Dee and her husband Ozzie Davis were there for opening night along with a sky Light. It was a pretty big deal for Kansas City and it all happened at The Kimo.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Kimo Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 10:38 am

The name change for the Kimo was The Festival Theater – it was both a live performance venue and some of the better art films that competed with the Fine Arts Theater. It was really beautiful and the vintage Marquee was repaired with fresh neon and when lit up looked fantastic. I was able to get two of the side wall light fixtures that were identical to the ones that were in the Aladdin Theater. I got parts of those but the pieces were pretty usless without the rest of the fixture. The rug cleaning company that took over the Aladdin Theater building took off those faces to just have the lights showing. I ended up giving my pieces to Rick’s Mom of Rick’s Rock and Roll Club when he was doing reserve duty. Not sure if they were re-installed or now. As for the Kimo – it was completely destroyed when it became a XXX house with live nude performances. Sad loss for Midtown.

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Mike Gallagher commented about Ritz Theatre on Jan 20, 2015 at 8:28 am

I remember when the Gladstone Theater closed – many of the interior things were moved to the Ritz – new screen, new Stage Curtain, Wall Light Fixtures and also seats only to be cut up within a very short time by area teen thugs. It was a very nice theater in the day and I went there with my family when I was young. There was a cry room for mother’s with little ones and it got used quite often. Fantastic Popcorn.
I have pics of the Ritz and will scan and post when I come across them.