South Quality 12
12075 Metcalf Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Dickinson Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theaters
Architects: Glen Wood Dickinson III
Previous Names: SouthGlen 12 Theatres,
The SouthGlen 12 Theatres was a multi-screen theatre in Overland Park, Kansas, located slightly north of 121st Street and Metcalf Avenue, at the south end of a shopping center. It was Dickinson’s first attempt to locate a theatre in the more upscale neighborhoods south of I-435.
It opened on August 20, 1993. On January 2, 1999 it was taken over by Goodrich Quality Theatres, but was closed in 2000. The building was not demolished; it currently houses a 24 Hour Fitness Center.
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PLEASE CHANGE NAME TO:
SOUTH QUALITY 12
SOUTH GLEN 12
SOUTHGLEN THEATER AND AKA SOUTHGLEN ARE NOT CORRECT.
SCREENS: MULTIPLEX (12 SCREENS)
The South Glen 12, a $ 8 million cinema was open and owned by Dickinson Theaters, August 20, 1993-1999. Theater seats: 575, 575, 360, 360, 240, 240, 240, 240, 175, 175, 120, 120.
The South Quality 12 a Goodrich Quality Theaters, from 1999-March 17,2000.
More info and photos are always welcome.
This was one of the theatres that DIckinson divested themselves of when they went bankrupt in the early to middle 90’s. Goodrich changed the name from the Southglen to SouthQuality at that time.
Dickinson used the name ‘Glen’ after the founder Glen Dickinson Sr. Currently the remaining theatres in Kansas CIty are the NorthGlen, WestGlen 18 and EastGlen 16. If anyone has any information on how the KC Dickinson are doing it would be intereasting to hear as they are selling off theatres and not adding anything new for quite some time.
I worked at this theater from 1997-1999, through the transition from Dickinson to Goodrich. The theater was on the decline when the AMC Town Center 20 opened at 119th and Nall and the theaters had to split product. AMC managed to snag the blockbusters, leaving the theater slow on Friday and Saturday nights.
When Goodrich took over in 1999, they had a crazy idea to rebuild the lobby by tearing down one of the concession stands. That construction project was halted shortly thereafter when ticket sales continued to decline. Eventually, they finished the project by putting in a small counter (like you would find in your bathroom) with a sink.
Before I moved to the Dickinson Great Mall 16, Goodrich had dedicated one theater to showing classic movies. Unfortunately, no one showed up for those either. Those old films were horrible to build up!
Picture of the theater as a 24 Hour Fitness added.
Really, as the man who built the SouthGlen, I’d rather the original name SouthGlen 12. The reason the “Glen” got started is this; My grandfather built the Glenwood and it was a name that carried QUALITY. In an effort to carry on the tradition I suggested the use of GLEN in the theatre’s name with the idea there would be an East, West, etc. My name is Glen Wood Dickinson III. My dad was Jr. and grandfather Sr. Hence, “Glenwood.”
Had the Dickinson chain still be in business, there would be large format screens called the GlenMAX.
Opened on August 20 1993
Dickinson SouthGlen 12 Fri, Aug 20, 1993 – 88 · The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri) · Newspapers.com
Became the South Quality on January 22nd, 1999. SouthGlen 12 to South Quality 12 Fri, Jan 22, 1999 – 79 · The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Missouri) · Newspapers.com