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Photograph of the exterior of Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces southwest from the intersection of 13th Street and Wyandotte Street. The building was constructed at a cost of $6,500,000.

Photograph of the interior of Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City during President Franklin Roosevelt's address, October 13, 1936.

Date: 
October 13th 1936

Photograph of the Municipal Auditorium and Power and Light Building in the background, taken along 14th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces east on 14th Street just west of Central Street.

Circa 1940 photograph of dancers at Municipal Auditorium, located on 13th Street between Wyandotte Street and Central Street. Source: John Randazzo

Date: 
1940

Postcard showing the auditorium of Newman Theater, once located on the west side of Main Street between 11th and 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Mrs. M. Andrews of Birmingham, Alabama.

Date: 
November 21st 1922

Postcard of the Orchestra Promenade inside the Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri. Today, this space is better known as the lobby outside the Municipal Auditorium Music Hall. The back of the postcard includes a brief caption about the promenade and a short letter to Ella Breimeyer of For Wayne, Indiana.

Date: 
September 22nd 1938

Photograph of a banquet in the auditorium of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Photograph of boys attending a Sunday morning service in the auditorium of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue. The caption reads, "Sunday morning meeting looking toward the back of the room."

Photograph of the 1921 graduates of the Boys Hotel Day School posed on the stage of the auditorium in the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Date: 
1921

Photograph of boys attending a Sunday morning service in the auditorium of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue.

Photograph of the attendees of Judge E. E. Porterfield's Birthday Dinner Party posed in the auditorium of the Boys Hotel Club Memorial Building on Admiral Boulevard between Flora Avenue and Highland Avenue. Porterfield's group, Juvenile Improvement Club, raised $60,000 to open the Boys Hotel in 1912.

Date: 
March 29th 1926

Postcard of the main arena in Municipal Auditorium. The back of the card reads, "The main arena, largest unit of the auditorium, is best described as a gigantic oval stadium seating 15,000 persons, with a domed ceiling suspended 96 feet above the floor. Dimensions of the room are 301 by 291 feet....and the oval floor is 130 by 220 feet. Ceiling and roof are suspended without posts or pillars to obstruct the view of spectators."

Date: 
October 13th 1936
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