Before it was the Vox Theatre Event Space, it was a 1940s talkie theater; and before the theatre amused audiences with full sound, it was a silent film theatre entertaining the growing population of the Rosedale neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas.
In December 1922, Mr. T.L. Ricksecker spearheaded the construction of the brick building for $30,000 - about $461,000 in today's money.
Fast forward to August 1940, when the theatre debuted as a "talkie", and renamed the Vox Theatre. The owners touted a "newly remodeled" space, "new sound", "new upholstered seats"-- and Spencer Tracy flicks.
In the early 1960s, small intimate theaters gave way to large drive-in theaters and the space was sold to Westport Heating and Cooling; the company used the space to manufacture sheet metal ductwork. The floor was filled in making one large, leveled room. .
Eventually, the space transitioned into an antique car garage, and fitted with a garage door in the front of the space.
The space is used for a variety of events, including live music shows, comedy stand up sets, large fundraisers, weddings, graduation parties, and small weekly company meetings. Nearing its 100th year in existence, the Vox Theatre Event Space will remain a staple of the Rosedale neighborhood for years to come.
Beverly Mays Randall
3/16/2022 12:19:23 am
When I was growing up I lived on S.W.Blvd and me and my girlfriend would ride the bus to the Box theater. For a guarter we got in for the matinee and stayed to watch the show twice. Now admission was ten cents, then we could get a coke,candy bar and popcorn 🍿. Saw my first Elvis show there.
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Katelyn Duesterhoft is the Venue Manager at the Vox Theatre Event Space. She has met George Strait & loves to paint!
The Vox Theatre Event Space
1405 Southwest Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103