Film Row

Film Row

Location: 18th and Wyandotte Kansas City, MO

Stakeholders: Historic Kansas City, Crossroads Community Association

Historic Kansas City is working with UMKC’s Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, the Crossroads Community Association as well as property owners and neighborhood stakeholders on a preservation protection strategy for historic Film Row, including listing the district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hollywood has always had a connection to the heartland. When the movie industry needed more centralized distribution points to ship their features nationwide, Hollywood chose Kansas City as one of its largest and Film Row was born. The industrial enclave occupied nearly twenty buildings in a four square block area of the Crossroads District near downtown. Film Row included major studio tenants such as MGM, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and United Artists. It also housed peripheral suppliers to the industry, notably the Manley Popcorn Company. Today, Kansas City has one of the most intact Film Row districts in the nation, but lacks historic recognition and a formal protection strategy.