Uptown Theater preps for the President

Some camped overnight for tickets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - President Obama isn't expected in Kansas City until Tuesday, but people were already in line for tickets Sunday night.

Tickets started selling just a little before 9 a.m. Monday and sold out after 11 a.m.

The process to prepare the Uptown Theater started even earlier.

Larry Sells, one of the owners of the Uptown, has hosted major rock stars at the theater. Now, he'll host the President of the United States-- along with up to 2,000 guests and the Secret Service.

"They are very, very thorough. They check every electric system, every HVAC system, all of them," Sells explained.

It's an intimate setting. That's why people lined up and camped out early.

Trish Harmon was third in line.

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"Being a part of history, being able to see someone who I think is going to be, down the road, looked at very positively," she said.

Phyllis Manley spent the night on the sidewalk. She brought along a few extra mementos.

"I am an Air Force veteran, female, and this is my good luck charm and my father hand carved [the plane] and he said these things will take care of me," she said.

Although it's not a large venue, it's no surprise to Sells that the president picked the Uptown.

"This was the first major theater for the working person. It was the first one, first run that came from downtown and went to what was called the suburbs and this was supported, funded for and attended by working people," said Sells.

This will be the first time a sitting president will visit the Uptown, but not the first visit for Obama. He visited when he was still a senator.

He is expected to speak at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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