Uptown Theater

Uptown Theater
By Baylor98 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

3700 Broadway Blvd
Broadway and Valentine, S of 36th St
Kansas City MI 64111-2506 USA
(816) 753-8665


[Uptown Theater website]

geo: 39.061121,-94.590671
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[street view]
[bird's eye view]

from Wikipedia:

Austrian-born designer John Eberson was hired to complete the construction of the Uptown Theater and oversee the decoration of the interior. Eberson completed the design of the Uptown in Italian Renaissance style as an atmospheric theatre. It was the only one of its kind in Kansas City as well as the State of Missouri. The inside of the theater replicated an outdoor Mediterranean courtyard, complete with a nighttime sky ceiling with twinkling stars, clouds, and mechanical flying birds. The Uptown opened on January 6, 1928, and was the first theater in Kansas City outside of downtown to show first-run films. In the summer of 1939, the Uptown copyrighted a Fragratone system, which funneled fragrances into the auditorium via the ventilation ducts at appropriate moments during films. The Uptown hosted movies as well as live vaudeville and stage productions through the 1970s. By the late 1970s, the theater began to function primarily as a concert venue. During the 1980s the theater fell into disrepair and closed in 1989.

Following the acquisition of the Uptown in 1994, a $15 million renovation or the theater was completed. The original splendor was restored in the details and colors of John Eberson's original design. In addition, 33,000 square feet of new lobby, bar, office, and banquet space was added. Because of the redevelopment, the Uptown remains one of the few remaining atmospheric theatres still in operation. Permanent seating remains in the balcony and rear half of the main floor. The front half of the floor nearest to the stage is now open for table arrangements and general admission standing for concerts.

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