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Kansas City, MO: AMC Mainstreet 6 Closed, Will Reopen as Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:25 PM and updated on Thursday, October 7, 2021 3:30 PM

Theater photoThe AMC Mainstreet 6 in Kansas City, Missouri closed on June 20, 2012 and will reopen soon under the management of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Mainstreet.

The change comes from a split between AMC Entertainment Inc. and the building's owner, which was announced on June 18, 2012. The Kansas City Business Journal published an article about the split that provided some details:

More than three years after opening the Mainstreet 6 movie theater in downtown Kansas City’s Power & Light District, AMC Entertainment Inc. says it will cease its operating role there on Wednesday. That makes way for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema to run the theater.

CEO Gerry Lopez said Monday that management will be turned over entirely to The Cordish Co., which has co-operated the theater with AMC.


Lopez said that although the movie side of the business typically broke even or made a small profit, the lounge and food service continued to lose money. That led to attempts to reduce the theater’s expenses through such measures as less maintenance, staffing and security, he said.

“We’ve got certain standards we want to maintain in the way we run the building,” he said. “When the operation comes under financial stress, we’re not apt to cut those corners. To say it politely, other folks have different points of view.”

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas is popular in Texas, and now has locations in Colorado and Virginia as well, with more on the way (see all current locations).

The theater is currently closed, but they hope to re-open soon and will be making changes over the next few months to make it more like the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema experience elsewhere.

“The Mainstreet Theater is truly one of the most spectacular cinemas in the world,” says Alamo founder and CEO Tim League.  “We are truly honored to have the opportunity to bring the Alamo brand of movie programming and food service to such a wonderful facility.”

Their Showtimes page will be updated as soon as we get the information from them, so check that page out from time to time to see what will be playing!

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Jun 27, 2012 - BigScreen Reader  

The headline is inaccurate. Both the linked article and Alamo Drafthouse's press release say the theater will be open in its present configuration through the summer. 

Jun 28, 2012 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

At the time the article was written, the theater was indeed closed. Everything on their web site, Facebook page, and news reports that could be found said that they were hoping to reopen very quickly, but they were not currently showing movies.

However, I just checked this morning, and they now have showtimes available on their site, so we should be getting them shortly. 

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