Beginning with the revolutionary 1878 film of a horse galloping, Hollywood exclusively produced motion pictures of animals running until 1997, when a documentary crew accidentally captured footage of a dog playing basketball. Witness high-flying history with today’s Groupon: for $16, you get two movie tickets, two large popcorns, and two large sodas (up to a $32 value) at Screenland, with three locations in Kansas City.
Revel in a rich variety of first-run blockbusters and independent films at Screenland’s three unique theaters. Check out showtimes, then bring a friend to consume eyefuls of cinema, sip on large sodas, and munch on large popcorns. The recently restored Armour Theater offers plush, stadium seating for 300 guests, as well as a full bar and an expansive menu to quell rumbling stomachs during fare such as True Grit and The Fighter. The theater’s mechanical-man mascot, Roscoe, opens the curtain at the start of shows, then silently stares down unruly patrons.
In the heart of the Crown Center Complex, the Crown Center Theater caters to a discerning, adult audience with independent studio productions, a full bar, and a special lounge to spread gossip about children. Settle into the comfortable seats of two auditoriums and view edgy, innovative, and entertaining films, with digital audio and images projected with clarity to please even the pickiest of eagles. Meanwhile, attendees at the Crossroads Theater can sink into plush stadium seating, quenching appetites for local films and documentaries while managing thirst with a full bar.
Today’s deal is not valid for roasts or other special presentations.
- Well maintained, superior service and quality, and a nice reminder that you can still enjoy some amazing classic cinema on the big screen. – Isaac H., Washington Street location, 02/14/2010
- I have noticed a lot of smaller theaters do not do popcorn well, this was not the case at Screenland. The popcorn was probably the freshest and crispiest that I have had in a long time. – jennifer j., Armour Road location, 11/28/2008
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.