Friday, November 2, 2012

Folly Theatre history by Kellie Houx

What performing arts venues are some of the oldest in the Kansas City metropolitan area? There’s the Gem Theater that opened in 1912 as the Star before being renamed in 1913. How about the original Midland which opened in 1927? A few months later in early January 1928, the Uptown Theater opened. A more rough-and-tough venue, Memorial Hall, opened in 1925. Then there’s the art deco looks of the 1936 Municipal Auditorium and the adjoining Music Hall. However, the grand dame of all these buildings is the Folly Theater, 112 years old and the recipient of recent facility improvements, and soon, a new marquee sign.

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