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Location DB > United States > Missouri > Kansas City > AMC Empire 4 (Main Street Theater)
AMC Empire 4 (Main Street Theater)
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created by PAWolf on 10/25/2004 2:07 AM
last modified by Steed on 10/17/2010 5:11 PM
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A formerly abandoned movie theater in the heart of downtown.
 Basic Information
Type: Theater
Status: Reopened, a movie theater once again!
Accessibility: Easy, buy a ticket.
Recommendation: Go see a movie there, especially one with lots of explosions --- its fun!
 Physical Information
14 St & Main
Kansas City, Missouri
United States
Owner: AMC Entertainment and Cordish Co.
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Soggy floors, soggy popcorn (in 2005)
  •  Interesting Features
    This theater was abandoned from the mid-1980's until it recently reopened as the AMC Mainstreet Theater. AMC stripped out almost everything from the old theater, then rebuilt the inside. They saved parts of the old lobby, where there is a stylee restaurant and bar.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1921
    Closed: 1985
     Required Equipment
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    Reopened May 1, 2009 featuring 6 screens. 3 have traditional showings, and 3 are "suites." The suites are small theaters that cost $25, which includes a $15 food voucher and big stuffed seats that fully recline. They have a liquor license and you can drink the $15. Each seat has a call button for the waiter, and a little table. All 6 theaters have leather seats with bass rumblers.

    Warp speed! Vrooom rumble rumble rumble
     Media Coverage
    Article discussing most recent (as well as most likely) plans:


     Future Plans
    Several developers want to raze the Empire Theater. The Developer, Larry Bridges, has in the past expressed desire to completely demolish the Empire. In 2002, he sought city backing & funds to tear it down. In August 2003, Larry Bridges obtained a pre-demolition inspection permit from the city.

    The new H&R Block building is being erected "catty-corner" to the Empire Theater.

    The wrecking ball is getting closer every day.

    One proposal floating around is to save just PART of the fascade and demolish the rest of the building.

    Unfortunately, the building is not listed as a local landmark or on the National Register of Historic Places. Therefore, the Empire Theater does not have any legal protection from being demolished.

    Folks, this building will not be around much longer. A coalition of interested citizens needs to be formed immediately to find viable alternatives to its complete destruction.
    ____________________UPDATE (7/15/05)__________________

    "AMC Entertainment is joining the Cordish Co. in a blockbuster plan to return movies to the Empire Theater and energize the Midland Theatre complex with live music and housing.

    The $60 million joint venture is a deja vu moment of sorts for Kansas City-based AMC, whose late founder, Stan Durwood, tried in vain for more than 30 years to revitalize the downtown area now being redeveloped by Cordish, a Baltimore company.

    The redevelopment plan, scheduled to be formally announced at a press conference this morning at the Midland, calls for the historic Empire Theater at 14th and Main streets to be restored as a six-screen movie theater using state-of-the-art digital technology to be operated by AMC. A restaurant also will be located in the 84-year-old building.

    Both the Empire and Midland projects are expected to be completed along with the remainder of the Power & Light development in spring 2007."
    Sat, Jul 30th, 2005
    posted by peterbillionaire

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    Empire Theatre
    Kansas City, MO
    14th and Main Streets, Kansas City, MO

    Empire Theater Removal Debated

    Added 12-19-09:
    Current showtimes!
    posted by Claydoh77 on August 30, 2004 at 10:58am

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/18/2010 1:57 AM.

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    You must log in for this feature to work.AMC EMPIRE 4 MAIN [STREET THEATER]THWN2198810/18/2005 12:57 PM by peterbillionaire
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