Ruskin I & II
11300 Blue Ridge Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.
Firms: Milton Costlow & Associates
The Ruskin I & II twin theater opened on Wednesday, October 4, 1967, in the Ruskin Heights Shopping Center. "Who’s Minding the Mint" (1967) and "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) were the premiere attractions, in an opening night gala sponsored by the South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
The theater was designed by Milton Costlow and Associates of Kansas City, and it was a freestanding building that was adjacent to the Ruskin Heights Shopping Center, a strip shopping center on Blue Ridge Boulevard, near the Ruskin Heights neighborhood of southeast suburban Kansas City.
The Ruskin I & II was the first twin theater for the Commonwealth Amusements circuit, which was headquartered in Kansas City and which in 1967 had over a hundred theaters, mostly in Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri. The theater lasted only for a relatively short time, closing April 2, 1974 with “Sleeper” and “Walking Tall”. After the theatre closed, the building’s longtime occupant was a thrift store for the Missouri Council for the Blind.
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