|"The time was 6:30 p.m., June 25, 1927. St. Joseph, Missouri
citizens-factory workers, packing plant employees, professionals-arrived
in Model T Fords, Stanley Steamers, Pierce Arrows or hurried on foot up
the sidewalk to the seventh block of Edmond Street for the gala opening
of the city's $1 million, 1,200-seat "Movie Palace." The air was
electric with excitement..."
Nearly 75 years has passed since the historic Missouri Theater lifted
the curtain on its premier movie, "Rough House Rosie." Citizens from
every walk of life lined Edmond Street to see one of the city's most
glorious pieces of architecture.
After paying their 25 cents admission, guests were astounded at the
theater's intricate beauty. The silent film showing that evening must
have paled in comparison to the theater's plush seats, ornate chandelier
and exquisite plaster work. Though silent films are long past for the
theater, this sense of awe returns each time a local theater group,
national performer or arts program takes its stage.
Designed by Boller Brothers, the Missouri Theater's unique structure was
added to the national Register of Historic Places in 1979. While movie
palaces across the country were being torn down to make room for
contemporary structures, the citizens of St. Joseph refused to allow
destruction of one of the country's few examples of Hollywood-Oriental
Thanks to the St. Joseph community, once again the Missouri Theater
proudly lifts its curtain and celebrates its 75th year as the center of
our diverse arts community.
|Historic Missouri Theatre Location
717 Edmond Street
St. Joseph, MO 64501