Tuesday, August 28, 2007


When I was in high school, Saturday nights meant a trip to the Northtown Opry. I've never really been a fan of country music, but when you're a teenager, and the fiddle player was kind of cute, and the occasional lead singer looked a little like young Elvis, well, you make sacrifices. My friends and I would hang out at the musician's entrance and pretend we were part of the show. It really was great fun.

After I graduated, going to the Opry wasn't on my list of fun things to do anymore. Eventually, the Opry closed and the building fell into disrepair. At this moment, it stands as a vacant and dilapidated storefront, merely a shadow of its former greatness.

All that is about to change, however. Butch Rigby, owner of the successful and way-cool sort-of-chain of Screenland Theaters is planning on purchasing the building, according to a recent article in the KC Star.

This is terrific news for North Kansas City. The area is ripe for a venue such as this, as it will accommodate nicely the crowd attracted by Northgate Village.
Rigby said the theater would be called the Screenland Armour and could open sometime next year.

“My goal is to get it open by May 2008 so that we can show the new Indiana Jones movie,” Rigby said.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Rigby does with the place. It's good to see development like this occurring in my neck of the woods.

1 comment:

  1. Hey... what about the other occasional lead singer? :)