One of the best things about living in the Kansas City metro area is the sheer number of movie theaters in the market. I heard somewhere that the KC market has the most cinema screens per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. This I can believe, as there are plenty of options within just five miles from my home.

Of course, most of the screens are at large multiplexes. KC is home to the headquarters of AMC Theatres, who have many large complexes in the area – and there are plenty of others.

But for me, it is the charming old school single screen theaters that are the best. And we are lucky enough to have few around. My favorite is the Rio (below left) in booming Old Overland Park. The Rio, part of the Fine Arts Group, hosts a variety of independent and foreign films and is a really great place to a movie.

The Rio features vintage touches like the outside box office, a cool lighted clock, old school sconces, and décor with a Brazilian flare. There is no place I’d rather be on a rainy Saturday afternoon than down front and center at the good old Rio.

Up in North Kansas City is another gem, the Screenland Armour (below right). The Armour has one big old theater which has been totally refurbished and has some cool features – like an art deco robot who controls the curtain. They have added a few smaller screening room as well where they show a hard to find indies and nostalgic oldies. The big screen usually has a major release (like currently they have Avengers: Endgame) but they also show classics and cult favorites.

These are pictures I snapped on my most recent visits to these cinema gems.

The Rio is located at 7204 W. 80th St. in charming Overland Park, KS.

The Screenland Armour is located at 408 Armour Rd. in North Kansas City, MO.