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Kansas City, MO: B & B Mainstreet KC at the Power & Light District Now Open

Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2021 11:20 AM and updated on Thursday, October 7, 2021 4:47 PM

Theater Photo by B&B Theatres Mainstreet KC at The Power & Light District (Facebook)

The B & B Mainstreet KC at the Power & Light District in Kansas City, Missouri opened to the public October 1, 2021.

As you can tell by the name, the theater is in the Kansas City Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City. It is located at 1400 Main Street at the corner of West 14th Street (just north of I-670).

The theater dates back to 1921 when it opened as the Main Street Theatre. It was named the Empire Theatre from 1960-1985 and was known as the AMC Mainstreet 6 when it closed in 2012. It quickly reopened as the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Mainstreet, which stopped showing movies in March 2020 when the pandemic shut down theaters countrywide. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema declared bankruptcy in March 2021, and the company announced that the Mainstreet location would not reopen.

It appears that the attached bar/lounge (formerly called The Chesterfield when Alamo ran it) is now called Johnnie's Jazz Bar & Grille, which offers live music, food, and drinks. Its name comes from the fact that Elmer Bills, Sr. (the Bills family is one of the B's in B & B Theatres) met his future wife at the theater he bought in Salisbury, Missouri (the Lyric Theatre), who played the piano along with the silent movies.

Based in Liberty, Missouri, B & B Theatres operates locations in Missouri, Kansas, and across the country. Their closest location is the B & B Northland 14 at ten miles away, but if you reach out just a little further, you'll find the B & B Twin Drive-In, B & B Liberty Cinema 12, and B & B Shawnee 18.

To see what's playing and when, and to buy tickets online, please visit the Showtimes page for the B & B Mainstreet KC at the Power & Light District.

Theater Photo by B&B Theatres Mainstreet KC at The Power & Light District (Facebook)

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