Community Theatre

813 Minnesota Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66101

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Previously operated by: Commonwealth Amusement Corp.

Firms: Milton Costlow & Associates

Previous Names: Avenue Theatre, Cameo Theatre

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Cameo Theatre exterior
Contributed by Margot Lind

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

mlind on March 20, 2009 at 11:46 am

There is a picture of the Avenue at the Wyandotte County Museum. The information:

N1983-20-51 Panoramic view of Minnesota Avenue with six General
Motors “Parade of Progress” buses. Avenue Theater with
marquee showing “Ulysses” and “The Black Pirate”,
Western Auto, Ford dealership, Great Western Imperial
Wallpapers, Public Loan Corporation and Feld Chevrolet c. 1941

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Conversion of the Avenue Theatre into the Cameo Theatre by the Commonwealth circuit took place in 1969. The May 19 issue of Boxoffice said that the changes included a radical floor redesign and a complete redecoration. A new facade was installed as well. The architects for the project were Commonwealth’s usual choice, Milton Costlow & Associates.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm

From 2010 a photo of the Avenue Theatre buildiing in
Kansas City.

TLSLOEWS on December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for the modern photo Don.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 29, 2010 at 12:31 pm

thanks too,Don.Wonder if any One-sheets are in There?

Carlj on August 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Montgomery Wards was right next door back in the day. My dad slipped on some ice and broke his arm. Saw a few movies here back in the 70’s while it was the Cameo.

OKCdoorman on November 26, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Closed as the Cameo by Commonwealth on Sunday, January 2, 1977, showing a Rudy Ray Moore (Rudolph Frank Moore)/‘Dolemite’ double-feature of 1976’s THE HUMAN TORNADO and his self-titled debut from 1975, DOLEMITE. (Kansas City Star)

Mike Gallagher
Mike Gallagher on January 11, 2017 at 3:42 pm

I just took a trip back home to Kansas City, MO from Connecticut and took a drive downtown Kansas City, KS and was disappointed to see a vacant lot where the Avenue Theater once stood. I know it was closed for many years after being used by a church. However, it was not really changed in side with the exception of the movie screen, framing and the speakers being removed so the stage are could be more multi-purpose. When I moved to CT 3 years ago, I was informed that a real plan to clean up the old Avenue (later Cameo) Theater and to begin showing movies again – most likely Spanish Produced movies was almost a done deal. The biggest expense was going to be the purchase of all digital projection equipment and outfitting the stage area with a new screen and speakers. I actually was able to take a look inside before the wood protections were put in place. The theater was in very good shape with some lite water damage in the ceiling. The seats were all there and even the last remaining curtain and rig. It would have been very easy to spruce up this single screen gem still standing in the KC Metro. Not sure why this effort fell apart and the gov did not get behind it. I also noticed that the Granada Theater re done about 7 years ago has received a new facelift and seems to be a multi-use Spanish Church related venue with the capability of still showing movies but no digital projection equipment according to a man coming out of the Granada. I think Kansas City, KS gov made a huge mistake to not save the old Electric Theater which was very similar to the KCMO Folly and Orpheum Theaters inside. It could have been a wonderful live performance theater incorporated into all of the re-development in the that two block area. Seems like it is always the theaters that get demolished. Saving the Avenue as a real Community Theater would have been a very smart move.

rivest266 on May 7, 2018 at 3:39 pm

April 25th, 1969 grand opening ad as Cameo in the photo section.

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