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Missouri Theater, Saint Joseph

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Concerts & Shows, Tourist Spots
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The Missouri Theater and the Missouri Theater Building adjoin each other in St. Joseph, Missouri. The Missouri Theater was built as a cinema in the atmospheric style, using a combination of Art Deco and Moorish detailing. The Missouri Theater Building was built as a companion, and both were completed in July 1927.The Missouri Theater was designed by noted theater architects Boller Brothers of Kansas City, Missouri, with sculpture by Waylande Gregory. It was constructed by the Capital Building Company of Lincoln, Nebraska for local attorney and promoter Joseph Goldman. The theater has a single balcony that looks over a house designed to resemble an open tented courtyard, decorated with details borrowed from Assyrian and Persian architecture. While the theater was principally designed for movies, it could also be used for live performances, with dressing rooms, a fly loft and an orchestra pit. It also featured a Wurlitzer theater organ.The Missouri Theater operated as a cinema until 1970. For the next few years it operated as a community theater, and was purchased by a community group in 1976. In 1978 the city of St. Joseph bought the theater for use as a performing arts center. The theater and office building were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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  • I used to go as a child to see my father perform in the St. Joseph Symphony. Today you can see classical music and other performances in this historic downtown theater. 
  • This is one of my favorite venues in St. Joseph. It has been beautifully restored and maintained throughout the years. We enjoy concerts and theatrical presentations here. 
  • If you're visiting St. Joe you DO NOT want to miss this treasure - the dropped Big Top ceiling and other amazing features are incredible!!! 
  • Fantastic historic theater. It's absolutely beautiful inside. Seating is comfortable. Lobby is small so there is a bit of a shuffle to get in sometimes. Parking is not great so arrive early to get a spot.
  • Beautiful building & RRT is always putting on fantastic shows! I love coming to watch my friends in the different shows in this lovely place.
  • This is a lovely little gem in the heart of the city. You'd be surprised at the amazing cast and crew's ability to bring the stage to life.
  • They need new training for box office staff. They sold me wrong seats for my Daughter's Dance Program.
  • Such a treasure. That says it all.
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