From the Collection of John and Naomi Shipp
Spanning four square blocks between 17th and 19th Streets, this area was the home to distribution centers for some of Hollywood's most prominent studios from the 1920s to the 1960s, including MGM, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Disney, United Artists and many more.
These offices facilitated the distribution of Hollywood films to theaters across the country. Now, this creative crossroads is home to art galleries, local eateries, boutique shops and quite appropriately, several prominent KC production companies.
Kansas City's Film Row in 1946 at 18th & Wyandotte. Photo via kchistory.org.
KC wasn’t just one of the largest distribution hubs in the country. It also exported some of Hollywood's greatest stars. Travel to the Crossroads Arts District at 18th Street between Wyandotte and Central in the heart of Film Row and you’ll find Kansas City’s own Walk of Fame, featuring actual stars on the sidewalk that represent some of KC’s most beloved native celebrities, including Joan Crawford, Walt Disney, Jean Harlow, Ginger Rogers and more.