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Route 66 Theater

Webb City, MO


              In what was once a mining town stands a single screen movie theater.  Dating back to the turn of the 20th century, this theater originated as the Newland Hotel before becoming a movie theater managed by Dickinson Theaters in 1945. After being sold it sat empty for many years but was restored by a local family music group in 1999. They renamed the theater the Route 66 Music Theater with live music as the primary source of entertainment. It was sold and renovated in 2003, but the theater closed again after less than a year. However, the screen didn't stay dark for long. It was purchased in 2005 by Nancy and Scott Hutson. With its low prices, this theater is now an option where you can bring your family to see a movie and not break the bank.   

            The claims of paranormal activity ranged from hearing footsteps in the auditorium, voices in the projection booth, to the presence of something in the dressing rooms.  One employee had even heard one of the paper towel dispensers triggered by its motion sensor in the bathroom.  Oddly enough, nobody was there and she had just walked through the front door.