Trail Theatre

111 N. 9th Street,
St. Joseph, MO 64501

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Previously operated by: Dickinson Theatres

Architects: Dietz Lusk Jr.

Firms: Boller & Lusk

Styles: Streamline Moderne

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Trail Theatre

Opened on May 4, 1951 with Spencer Tracy in “Father’s Little Dividend”. The exterior of the Trail Theatre is a faded light blue color and the outside walls are covered with tiles. It was closed in late-2009.

Taken over by new operators, it was planned to reopen in April of 2015, but that never happened.

Contributed by Ron A. Hunter

Recent comments (view all 23 comments)

Buck Wilson
Buck Wilson on March 15, 2014 at 1:45 pm

This theater, unfortunately, is still CLOSED. Please update.

Tp on July 4, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I checked micro film at local Library no adds in Jan 2010 newspapers so I decided to check Dec 2009 newspapers and again no adds which means it closed before Dec 2009.

HTTK on July 31, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Much needed update! Still alive and looking to open in the fall.

Tp on September 27, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Just posted on Facebook At St Joseph Mo Past, Present and Future under Trail Theater Update. The Trail is to reopen sometime during the month of April 2015 THE EXACT DATE WAS NOT GIVEN. 200 OF THEATERARE TO BE REDONE AND PLACED BACK INTO THEATER.

Tp on September 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

200 Theater seats will be redone and put back in.

SethG on March 27, 2019 at 10:32 am

I think the reopening fizzled. Last update on their FB page was in 2015.

rivest266 on September 11, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

Buck Wilson
Buck Wilson on February 22, 2021 at 11:12 pm

Kim Jennings and Winston Bennett purchased the building in 2011 and over the course of 10 years have done some rehab including a new roof, but never fully finished the project or reopened the theater. They finished the area behind the screen/stage for dressing rooms, and flattened the rear of the auditorium to make space for tables and a bar.

They sold the building within the last month(Jan/Feb 2021) to Andy Montee and his mother, who plan to restore the exterior and rehab the interior further with plans for live entertainment and food service with a kitchen and bar. Expected to reopen early 2022.

Tp on April 29, 2022 at 6:45 pm

the latest in news for reopening is about august and september. i kim jennings the status of trail he said he got offer he couldnt refuse. we have known each other since 3rd grade now in our 60s

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