Missouri Theatre timeline

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 | 6:30 p.m. CDT

Oct. 5, 1928 — The Missouri Theatre opens.

1953 — Commonwealth Theaters leases the theater from the Missouri Building Company.

1982 — Citizens start a campaign to preserve the building after rumors spread that Commonwealth plans to gut the theater and turn it into a three-screen cinema.

1983 - 1988 — The theater continues with one screen and struggles financially.

December 1988 — Missouri Symphony Society purchases the theater for $370,000 to use it as a performing arts center.

May 2008 — The theater completes a 10-month renovation project. Originally estimated at $6 million, the actual $10 million price tag puts the theater into debt.

July 21, 2010 — Organizers announce the theater is temporarily closing its doors for August and part of September out of financial necessity.

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