Folly Theatre "New Century Follies" preview by David Hudnall
The Standard Theatre, later known as the Century Theater and then Shubert's Missouri, before settling into its name as the Folly Theater, opened in downtown Kansas City in 1900. In its early days, the building — the oldest theater in the city — hosted tawdry burlesque and vaudeville shows. In the late '60s, you could catch a skinflick in the joint. The Folly still stages worthy events — Bill Shapiro's Cyprus Avenue Live series comes to mind — but the verve and edge of the place have largely eroded with the passage of time.