Treasures from the Attic

A year ago, this past January, Alistair Tutton purchased the Vox Theatre, he hoped that he would be able to create a photography studio and event space out of this rundown 1922 silent movie theatre. He knew the theatre had some of the original features from the 1920's, but had no idea what treasures he would find during the renovation. The original tin ceiling was visible and still mostly intact. It needed to be cleaned and painted, but it seemed like it was the only thing left from the glory days of the theatre. While cleaning out all of the remnants of the previous owner, who had been in the building for over 40 years, Alistair discovered the old lighting that highlighted the stage and screen. That has been reinstalled and makes a fabulous addition to the vintage red velvet curtains. He and his crew of friends also found some fascinating items that some day we hope will find a home here at the Vox Theatre.

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Up on the third level of the wings of the stage were 3 medallions for hanging light fixtures and one wall sconce. Each of these pieces was made of horsehair and plaster. The wall sconce has a small area of stained glass which helped illuminate the columns of the interior of the theatre. Age has taken its toll on these pieces, but with some care and cleaning they have turned into beautiful art.

Also in the wings of the stage, 5 chairs were found. Unfortunately the chairs are not complete - no legs or arms. However, a wonderful thing happened last week, Steve Sutton another awesome neighbor of ours gave us a chair that had somehow made its way into his possession and it has legs ad arms! We have is sitting at the front entrance. It is noticeably smaller than the large theatre seating we see in current theaters.











This interesting artifact - well we are really not sure what to make of it. It appears to be an advertisement for a watchmaker or jewelry store. One thing we do know - it is heavy. One of those things that you pick up and think "WOW that is really heavy!"Alistair_20100407_7037-Edit


So right now the plan is to have the chairs restored and placed in the front entrance for lobby seating. Casts will be made of the medallions and the wall sconce, so we can replicate them and eventually replace our current lighting with something more in keeping with the 1920's or at least something a little less industrial. The watch will find a home somewhere on a wall at the Vox or maybe just on a table.

Expose Dance Competition

On Sunday, we hosted Paco’s Expose Dance Competition. It was a first for both the Vox and Expose. Over 50 dancers and their families visited the Vox on Valentine’s Day. The dancers ranged in age from 4 to 14. Many performances were solos but we did have a few large groups. One dance featured 18 girls on the dance floor at one time.Alistair_20100214_5653 Alistair_20100214_5642 Alistair_20100214_5666

The dance competition brought in judges Jacoby Mosby and Devan Watring. Both judges are originally from the metro area but have training and experience from around the country. During a break in the competitive routines, both judges showed off some of their skills. Later in the day, Paco and several other professional dancers entertained the crowd.

Also on the program was the Extreme Show Down Audition.
This live mock audition was a unique experience for the dancers to learn and perform a short routine in about 20 minutes. After the performance, the field was narrowed to 5 dancers and then those 5 dancers performed the routine several more times. Contestants were judged and trophies were given for 2 runners up, a third, second and first place.

Check out the Vox Theatre on Facebook for more pictures of the dance competition.

Kansas City Urban Core Group


1922 Photo of Original Rosedale Theater

Kansas City Urban Core Group is having their March meeting at the Vox. We are excited for this opportunity to show off the historic theatre and the work we have done to a group of people dedicated to preserving and enriching Kansas City urban areas. The date is March 24, 2010 from 5:30-7:30pm. A $10 guest fee is payable at the door. Alistair will tell the story of his purchasing of the Vox Theatre and its' recent renovations.

A Brief History of the Vox Theatre:
The building was originally built in 1922 as the Rosedale Theater, a silent movie theater. In the 1940's the name was changed to the Vox Theater. It operated as a theater until the early 1960's. At that point it was purchased by KC Heating and Cooling. During the ownership of KC Heating and Cooling, a new concrete floor was installed to create a floor that is now level from the sidewalk to the stage. More recently, the building was used to store classic cars. In January of 2009, Alistair Tutton purchased the building for his photography studio with the idea of creating an entertainment hub for the Rosedale and Kansas City Metropolitan area. The Vox Theatre now operates as office space, photography studio, and reception/event venue.

Deco Catering 2010 Bridal Tasting Event

On January 28th, we hosted Deco Catering and their Bridal Tasting Event. About 75 brides, grooms, their friends and family came to see the Vox Theatre and sample from some of Deco Catering’s contemporary and delicious menus. Blue Bouquet provided the stunning candle lit lamps for the tables. Deprisco Photo and Pech Limousine had displays. Thank you to Rainbow Mennonite Church member who greeted everybody at the door. Thank you also to DePrisco Photo who provided the photography for the event. Check out John’s blog for some more great photos

Can’t wait for the next time we work together!
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