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Experience the reimagined Folly Theater this October

Kansas City’s only nineteenth century old theater is reopening on Fri., Oct. 14 after $4+ million in renovations. Look forward to October events + remember what makes The Folly so special.

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All opening weekend performance proceeds go to benefit the Midwest Music Foundation.

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$4.25 million. That’s how much renovations cost at Kansas City’s historic Folly Theater. The iconic venue’s grand reopening is Fri., Oct. 14, with fresh additions like new flooring, local art, wider seats, technological updates + more. 🎵

The Folly Theater in Kansas City, Missouri at the turn of the century.

This is what the Folly looked like when it opened in 1900.

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But first, let’s take a stroll down memory lane to remember The Folly’s impact on KC’s arts scene:

  • The Folly Theater opened in 1900 and is Kansas City’s only nineteenth century theater.
  • Throughout its 123-year history, The Folly hosted a diverse range of entertainers, from Humphrey Bogart to James Earl Jones to Yo-Yo-Ma.
  • The Folly was closed for demolition in 1974 until Kansas City civic leaders rallied to save the theater.
  • In 2018, the Folly unveiled Phase I of its capital campaign project with new orchestra lobby areas and Patrons Lounge.

Experience The Folly’s new look at its opening weekend performances, featuring The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, The Grand Marquis + Fred Wickham.

Check out the Folly’s facelift.*

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