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CinemaKC Presents the Premiere of “MEMOIRS OF A HIP ‘OLE BLACK MAN'”

On July 27, 2015 by Patricia Hamarstrom Williams

CinemaKC Presents the Premiere of MEMOIRS OF A HIP ‘OLE BLACK MAN’ A Documentary Film about Vinx De’Jon Parrette KANSAS CITY, Mo. – CinemaKC will present the premiere showing of Memoirs of a Hip ‘Ole Black Man’ at 7:00p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the Gem Theater in the Kansas City Jazz District. […]

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On July 23, 2015 by Patricia Hamarstrom Williams

FUN! PRIZES! Support CinemaKC at this Fundraiser! TEAMS of 4-6 will compete against each other to hold the title “2015 CHARITY TRIVIA WINNER.” PRIZES – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Join a team for $10 or buy a table for $50 for a Team of 4 to 6 players. Teams must arrive […]

Film History


The Gem on the Vine

On June 17, 2014 by CinemaKC

  During jazz’s Golden Age, legends like Count Basie, Charlie Parker and Bennie Moten helped make Kansas City’s 18th and Vine district a mecca for successful and innovative musicians. In the heart of this historic area, at 1615 East 18th Street, stands the Gem Theatre. Originally named the Star Theatre, it was built […]

Cinema KC History

The Boller Brothers

On June 30, 2013 by CinemaKC

The Bollers specialized… ideal choice to design the Country Club Plaza’s movie house in 1928.  Like many of the Boller buildings, the Plaza Theater mimicked another, more exotic space, in this case a Spanish country villa.  The Plaza remained a first-run house into the 1990s, when competition from the area’s megaplexes finally shut it down.  The building was converted into a Restoration Hardware store in 1999, although the facade is still largely intact.