Most people on the coasts know about Kansas City’s musical heritage. They’ve heard about the barbecue. They have a vague recollection that someone once told them it’s a nice town. But it’s still a “flyover,” one of the places they see from the airplane window while traveling between New York and L.A. The idea that this Midwestern city has a rich cinematic heritage would likely never occur to them.
It doesn’t always occur to people who live here, either, and the History & Legacy page is designed to change that. This area has produced famous actors and groundbreaking directors, as well as major advances in film exhibition and distribution. There are a remarkable number of historic buildings in Kansas City associated with the industry, including some of the country’s most beautiful theaters. And, of course, there’s a tradition of both independent and Hollywood-based filmmaking here, going back to the silent era.
Ideas and information are always welcome. There are hundreds of stories to tell, and I look forward to sharing some of them with you.
Loey Lockerby, CinemaKC Historian
Follow Loey on the History & Legacy page