A Different Cinematic Experience


While AMC 20 has a selection of all the popular movies and new La-Z-Boy-style chairs, sometimes the $10 tickets and mainstream movies can make movie-going lose its thrill. The Kansas City metropolitan area, however, is full of smaller arts theaters that also have a wide selection of movies, with cheaper tickets.       

   Check out these local independent theaters:


Screenland Armour plays popular, new releases alongside old and independent films (such as “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Ghost”), so that its viewers can see a variety of movies on the big screen. All the movies alternated within a few weeks, so the theater always has a fresh selection of big name and smaller flicks.

Tickets: Monday-Thursday all $5, Friday-Sunday $5 before 4 p.m. and $7 after 4 p.m.

408 Armour Rd.

North Kansas City, Mo.


One of Kansas City’s oldest independent movie theaters, Tivoli screens Sundance films that are hard to find anywhere else in the area. With its reputation as Kansas City’s original art house, Tivoli does not disappoint, with its theaters and good customer service. The cinema also broadcasts live theater shows on their screens.

Tickets: $6.75 before 6 p.m, $8.50 after 6 p.m.

4050 Pennsylvania Ave

Kansas City, Mo.


Leawood Theater is somewhat dated in its decor, the little theater is hidden within a strip mall off Metcalf making it rarely overly crowded. For a chilled-out movie watching experience, Leawood has five theaters showing new releases of both large and independent names.

Tickets: $6.50 before 5 p.m., $8.50 after 5 p.m.

3707 W. 95th St.

Leawood, Kan.


Located in Metcalf South Mall, Glenwood Arts Theater has a retro style with its decor, concessions and even with the uniforms that the employees wear. The whole theater, which on occasion shows local short films alongside its independent movie selection, has an old-school feel that can make any movie watching experience enjoyable.

Tickets: $6.50 before 5 p.m., $8.50 after 5 p.m.

9575 Metcalf Ave

Overland Park, Kan.

– Hayley Berger