Lawrences Liberty Hall has been many things in its 142 years. Originally a meeting house, it has also been the site of operas, live music and movies. Older scenesters remember it as the Red Dog, home of Lawrences booming rock scene in the ´60s and ´70s. These days, you wont find much opera there, but concerts and movie screenings occur daily. And Liberty Hall is just the right place for either movies or music its smallish size (compared with other theaters) makes for great balcony seating, but it is a large enough venue that big-name acts play there often (and loudly). Other perks include brewery-fresh beer and a beautiful, grand vaulted ceiling, complete with the original chandeliers.
A shining example of architect John Eberson's renowned "atmospheric" style, (wherein domed, sky-painted ceilings and elegant interiors are meant to invoke a an outdoor, garden-like setting), the Uptown first opened its stately doors in 1928. Its meticulous restoration began in 1995, and a parade of different events, including concerts, weddings, graduations and galas have taken place since. When bigger (but not neccessarily mainstream) acts such as the Pixies or Slayer play Kansas City, it's usually going to be at the Uptown. The venue allows smoking, but only in the Nowhere Lounge, a space inside the building that acts as bar and welcome retreat from extra-packed, extra-loud shows.