Historic Missouri Theater

The Missouri Theatre opened its doors in October of 1928. The cost of construction was a staggering $400,000. The headline in an ad in the Columbia Daily Tribune heralded the “Formal Opening of your new Missouri Theatre—Friday Evening… A $400,000 Showhouse of Unrivaled Beauty and Extravagant Setting in Central Missouri. The Magnificent Splendor of This Palace of Amusement Will Dazzle and Thrill You.”

For this month’s contest for bragging rights, go to the Boone County Historical Facebook page here or the Prime Facebook page here to submit your guess.

What is your favorite memory of the Missouri Theatre? Who did you see and what year was it? Send us a paragraph about your experiance at the theatre and it might be included in next month’s issue. Email us at Prime@insidecolumbia.net

Reader Response:

In our June issue of Prime, we asked readers to submit their recollections of Ernie’s Café.  Reader Joan Mudrick sent the following recollection about Ernie’s.

“If it is Saturday morning, you will more than likely find my husband and me at Ernie’s, with another couple.  My husband and I have been eating there for at least six years.  We have had several different waitresses and when they move on, we train a new one.  We are the #11 Special and the bowl of oatmeal (with skim milk).  We share the scrambled eggs, hash browns, veggie sausage and two pancakes (dry).  Yummy!  We get there before 10 a.m. so one cup of coffee is included.  We don’t have to tell our waitress our order; she just knows.”

— Joan Mudrick