Butch Rigby

Owner, Screenland Theatres

Butch Rigby is the founder and owner of the Screenland Theatres circuit of movie theatres in Kansas City. Screenland locations include the Screenland Armour, Screenland Crossroads and the Screenland Crown Center Complex.

He has developed historic buildings in and around Kansas City, Mo. From the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Kan., to the restoration of the century old Mid Broadway Building, better known to many as the former “Kenny’s News Room.”

Butch is the founder and Chairman of Thank You Walt Disney, Inc., dedicated to the preservation of Walt Disney’s first cartoon studio, “Laugh-O-Gram Studio,” located in Kansas City, Mo. He is past chairman of FilmFest Kansas City (now Kansas City FilmFest) as well as serving as president of the Film Society of Greater Kansas City. He has also served on the Troost Midtown Association and is a former member of the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City.

What makes Kansas City a great place for creativity and innovation?
The Midwestern sensibility of Kansas Citians. This is important. Creativity and innovation are as much a part of collaboration as individual efforts. Kansas Citians are genuinely regarded around the country as great people to do business with. I hear this from out of town business people all of the time.

When and where are you happiest?
It is a tie between sitting in a Screenland Movie Theatre or doing my work while on my porch overlooking Loose park. (As long as I have some Roasterie coffee in my hand at either instance).

What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
My neighborhood near Loose Park and the Crossroads.

Where’s your favorite place outside of Kansas City?
That changes from time to time, but Barcelona, Spain has my attention these days.

What’s your most treasured personal possession?
My signed Frank Capra movie poster. (I would say my cats, but they have made it abundantly clear that the possession part goes the other way).

Who’s your favorite fictional hero?
Indiana Jones.

Who do you most admire in real life?
My mother, Patricia Rigby. A widow at 38 years of age with four children, aged 10, 11, 14 and 15, with absolutely no money to her name. She taught us all to be self-sufficient, yet be very appreciative of everything we have.




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