The restoration of the Armour Theatre in North Kansas City and Lowe’s Midland Theater downtown brings back memories.
Who can forget the Sweet Shop off the lobby of the Armour? There was a popcorn machine and penny candy counter. Licorice Nibs; BB Bats that helped pull out loose teeth; and Liberty Banners, those long strips of white paper with red and blue dots. You had to eat the paper that stuck to the dots, but they lasted through the serial “Nyoka the Jungle Girl.” Then we’d see a double feature.
But the Midland was really special. The red velvet drapes and huge tassel tiebacks, shiny gold and brass, statues, the mezzanine. The ladies’ restroom was beautiful, with fancy furniture, settees and a curved glass china cabinet with porcelain figurines. And there was the Chinese room with its huge statue. I wonder what ever became of it and the rest of those lovely things.
I remember leaving the movies one day to see a commotion outside. It was the end of World War II.
Then it was off to the Forum Cafeteria for the chicken pot pie.
Just a few musings from maybe a happier time.