Your guide to KC indie theaters

Kansas City’s independent theaters and film organizations keep the art (and love) of movie-going alive in an age of big-box screens and streaming.


Escape the winter chill and duck into one of KC’s indie theaters.

Photo via Screenland Armour

Grab your popcorn and take a seat. Independent theaters have long been spaces for unique films and diverse experiences — curating modern releases and cult classics alongside a vault of lesser known gems.

Kansas City has a robust film community that’s keeping the love of indie cinema alive (even with AMC Theatres based right next door in Leawood).

Find your next favorite flick at one of these local screens.

Glenwood Arts Theatre | 3707 W. 95th St., Overland Park, KS
When the original Glenwood opened in 1966, moviegoers were greeted in style by a massive Italian crystal chandelier and an 800-seat auditorium. The KC staple has undergone many changes since then — now, bright neon signs welcome you into the five-screen theater which shows a variety of blockbuster releases + independent (and local) films.

Screenland Armour | 408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, MO
Come for the films, stay for the drinks at this silent theater turned four-screen indie film house. When the credits roll, duck into its back-alley basement dive bar, Rewind Video, for some analog console gaming and an adult Capri Sun.

Stray Cat Film Center | 1662 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO
Cultivate community while experiencing a uniquely-curated micro-cinema at the Crossroads’ volunteer-run Stray Cat Film Center. It boasts a 50-seat theater with a “diverse roster of wild and challenging films.”

Tivoli at the Nelson Atkins | 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO
When Kansas City’s oldest independent theater, Tivoli Cinemas, closed its doors after nearly 40 years — many Kansas Citians thought the magic was lost for good. That is, until the Nelson-Atkins revamped its 500-seat auditorium as the revived indie theater. See new releases, documentaries, restored classics, foreign, + art films.

KC Public Library | Central Library & Southeast Branch
For the cinephile on a budget, see free screenings of anything from “Paddington Bear” to Italian neorealist classic, “The Battle of Algiers” at Sunday Cinema, Tuesdays at Two, Family Video Vault, + other regular events.

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