Independent theater Screenland Crossroads to close

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Screenland Crossroads will show its final film Friday night.

The independent theater is closing after almost a decade. Its owner, Butch Rigby, says a new landlord raising rent is to blame.

Rigby used to own the building, but he sold it a few years after opening the theater. The California investment group that first bought it charged him a reasonable rent. But he said that changed now that a bank owns the building.

"That about triples the rent here, and there is no economic way to run a small independent theater at market rent," Rigby explained.

But he said the theater won't be gone forever.

"It's just a matter of time finding the right space. We'll open again," Rigby said.

Starting at 6:00 Friday night, the Screenland Crossroads Theatre is showing two classic rock films, the Beatle's " A Hard Days Night " and The Ramones' " Rock and Roll High School. "

There will also be tribute bands for the Beatles and The Ramones, and an auction of some classic movie memorabilia.

Admission is $10. Proceeds benefit non-profit CinemaKC .

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