107 N. Pennsylvania Avenue,
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Previous Names: Snark Theatre
The Snark Theatre opened around October 1909. It became the Best Theatre on Friday, August 18, 1916 with a showing of “Shoes”. According to operator Joe Darragh it was the first theatre in Independence specifically designed for movies.
References to the Best Theatre appear in the Film Daily Yearbook for 1926 thru 1929. It was still open in 1943 but no longer operating by 1950.
According to one source, after a five year lease expired it became the Quality Theatre. If that is the case it resumed it’s original identity by 1926.
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