The Warwick Midtown Renaissance
One of the many Boller Brothers theatres built in Kansas City,
The Warwick Theatre opened in 1912 in Colonial Revival style. It seated 1,022 on two floors. One of the noted aspects in its decoration was the rich red velvet draperies that adorned the stage and the matching seating material. The Warwick closed in 1953.
Since then, the original decor has been lost, the floor has been leveled and this former icon took on a restructured life as a retail furniture store.
The Warwick will return to a creative purpose and make this distinctive building a vital part of the KC artistic landscape for years to come.
Make a donation to the Warwick Fund
The Warwick’s state-of-the-art stage will be intimate and flexible seating audinces from 100 – 450. Theatre, music, dance, film… The Warwick will offer diverse programming, becoming a Midtown Arts Center for KC artists.
∙ Intersection of Westport Road and Main Street.
∙ More parking (yea!)
∙ More restrooms (yea!)
∙ Flexible stage and seating arrangements
Deeply committed to the value of arts education in the lives of young people, MET has served thousands of students in the urban core over the past 12 years. Our journey to the Warwick will enable us to serve the community better through valuable, accessible programming for youth and families from across the entire metro.
The Warwick will be outfitted with state of the art equipment and be designed for professional theatre, music and dance.
This type of performance venue is sorely lacking in Kansas City. Small professional companies that produce only four or five plays or concerts a year have a difficult time finding affordable space to rent.
Help us reclaim this important midtown icon and bring a vibrant artistic hub to life. Please contact us for more information and other ways to contribute.,
For more information and to help The Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre restore and reclaim The Warwick Theatre for Kansas City’s performing arts community, go to The MET’s website.
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