Vogue Theatre

311 SE Douglas Street,
Lee's Summit, MO 64063

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Architects: Carl Boller, Robert O. Boller, Larry P. Larsen

Firms: Boller Brothers

Functions: Housing, Retail

Previous Names: Douglas Theatre, Lee Theatre

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The Douglas Theatre was listed as open in 1926. It was renamed the Lee Theatre in 1937 and was demolished apart from a common wall, to build the Vogue Theatre to the plans of architect Larry P. Larsen. The theatre was remodeled in 1949 with two balconies added headed by the architectual firm of the Boller Brothers out of Kansas City. Seating was increased from 350 to 512.

The Vogue Theatre survived through the 1960’s into the 1970’s. Through a downtown revitalization the Vogue Theatre got a new life. Not as a theatre though. The balconies wre removed since they no longer met the city’s codes and the theatre building was redone into 18 luxury apartments with retail on the first level. The building is a bright spot in the landscape of downtown Lee’s Summit. You can still see how beautiful the theatre once was.

Contributed by Chris1982

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm

The Lee Theatre was almost entirely demolished to make way for its successor,the Vogue Theatre, in 1940. The article about the new house in the January 11, 1941, issue of Motion Picture Herald said that only one wall of the original theater, and that one shared as a common wall with an adjoining building, was retained in the rebuilding. The Lee was 30x70 feet and seated 340, while the new Vogue was 45x140 feet and seated 540. Larry Larsen was the architect for the rebuilding.

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