Bancroft Theatre

4302 Troost Avenue,
Kansas City, MO 64110

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The Bancroft theatre was another of Kansas City’s neighborhood theatre, it opened in 1926 and seated 486.

A single story building with a gray panel front facade. It had a side box office with the entrace to the left of the box office. A small but nicely arranged lobby. The concessions was to the left side of the lobby and there were three aisles leading into the auditorium.

In the 50’s the theatre went to week end only operations and closed for good in 1956.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 3:32 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.

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