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Parking is available in the garage next to the theater on 12th Street. The parking fee typically ranges from $10-20 (credit card only) upon entry, while capacity allows. Street Parking is also available in the area.

The Folly Theater main entrance is accessible without the use of stairs. Arrangements must be made in advance for seating in accessible rows on the Orchestra level when purchasing tickets online, or by calling 816-474-4444

As a historic venue, a small lift is located in the West lobby to access the Patron’s lounge, though there’s no full-service elevator system within the Folly Theater to access all levels. We ask that patrons please plan accordingly based on individual physical needs.

Individuals with hearing impairment may request an electronic hearing device from the house manager or an usher. A photo ID may be requested for use of the device.

Requests for a qualified sign language interpreter should be made at least fourteen (14) business days before the event. While the Folly Theater will attempt to arrange a qualified sign language interpreter on shorter notice, we cannot guarantee availability. Requests can be made to:
Stephanie Spatz-Ornburn, Event Manager – | 816-768-6880

All ticket sales are final.
In the event an event is postponed to a later date, ticketholders will be notified and the opportunity for refund and exchanges will be at the presenting organization’s discretion.

Can’t Attend the Performance?

For Folly presented events (Jazz Series, Americana Series, etc.) original ticket purchasers may submit tickets purchased through the Folly Theater at least 24 hours before the event as a tax-deductible donation. Contact us at 816-474-4444 or email

Bars serving both alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are available depending on the event and are located in the West and Upper Lobbies and must be consumed within the Folly Theater as state law requires that alcoholic beverages not be carried off-premises.
*Outside food and drink strictly prohibited 

The late arrival policy is determined by the presenting organization on a show-by-show basis. Late arrivers may be asked to wait momentarily in the lobby until an appropriate pause to enter the auditorium and be shown to their seat.

All event attendees, regardless of age, require ticket for admission unless specifically stated on the event listings found here on

Some events may not be appropriate for children of all ages due to content, duration or atmosphere and we leave discretion to the parent or guardian if they allow exposure of children in their care to the type. We encourage parents and guardians research theme and style of the artist(s) in question by viewing publicly published examples (Youtube videos, Netflix specials, etc)

Though incredibly rare, if a tour or presenter restricts access based on age, that information will be listed on the applicable event listings here on

The following items are NOT allowed in the Folly Theater*

  • Outside food & beverages
  • Firearms (including conceal and carry)
  • Weapons
  • Coolers
  • Balloons
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal Substances
  • Professional cameras without prior arrangements
  • Frisbees
  • Beachballs
  • Spurs
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Laser Pointers
  • Signs and posters

*List is not exhaustive and subject to change without notice

Cell phones and mobile devices should be turned to silent mode or turned off during all performances. Any other devices (such as tablets, iPads or laptops) that may disrupt other patron’s enjoyment are asked to be turned off or to be left at home.

Camera & Tape Recordings

Recording any presentation or event in the Folly Theater is strictly prohibited unless otherwise approved by the presenting organization. Approved photographers or videographers may in no way intrude on other patron’s enjoyment of the performance. If you are seen recording an event, Folly staff may ask for your device which will be returned after the show. Failure to comply may result in you being asked to leave.

Folly Theater staff is dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of all patrons. Those attending a Folly Theater event are expected to abide by the rules of the facility. The Folly Theater does not permit guns or weapons of any kind.  Patrons may be screened by security using hand-held wands and all bags may be checked depending on the security policy in place at the presented performance.

Re-Entry policy is determined by the presenting organization on a show-by-show basis.  If a patron departs a performance with a no-re entry policy, the patron will be required to purchase another ticket (subject to availability).

Items found in the theater are held for 90 days. To check for lost items, email or call the box office during business hours at (816) 474-4444

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is the preferred hotel of the Folly Theater! It is just steps from the Folly entrance.

The Savoy Let the Savoy at 21c restaurant and bar ‘wow’ you with its classic Americana cuisine and beverage selection.
219 W 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
Tu –Sun 5pm-11pm
.2 miles/6 minute walk from the theater

The Majestic Restaurant – There’s an old-school vibe at this vibrant steakhouse classic, featuring cocktails & nightly jazz.
931 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64105
Sun – Th 5pm – 9pm, 5pm – 10pm Fri-Sat
.2 miles/6 minute walk from the theater

KC Mac N’ Co. – Artisan macaroni-and-cheese restaurant
1111 Main St 155, Kansas City, MO
M – Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 7pm
.3 miles/7 minute walk from the theater

Mildred’sAn abundant variety of scratch made baked goods, extensive specialty coffee and espresso bar, notably delicious sandwiches, salads and soups
908 Baltimore Ave. Suite 103, Kansas City, Missouri, 64105
M – F 7am-3pm, Sat – Sun 8am-3pm
.3 miles/8 minute walk from the theater

BanksiaAn Australian Bakehouse and Cafe with two locations; the beautiful new South Plaza Restaurant with a full bar and the original Downtown cafe.
105 W 9th St, Kansas City, 64105
M – Sat 7:30am – 3:00pm, Sun 8am to 3pm
.4 miles/9 minute walk from the theater

Milwaukee DeliThe Milwaukee Deli, located in its Historic Home in Downtown Kansas City. Come for Pizza, Cocktails, Sandwiches, Fresh Salads, Local Beer and More.
101 W 9th St, Kansas City, MO 64105
M – Th 11am – 9pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 10pm, Closed Sun
.4 miles/9 minute walk from the theater

A little further walk or a ride on the KC Streetcar…

Power & Light:
.4 miles/9 minute walk from the theater
801 Chophouse
Blue Sushi
Bristol Seafood Grill
County Road Ice House
Guy Fieri’s Dive & Taco Joint
Johnny’s Tavern
Johnnie’s Jazz Bar & Grill
Pizza Bar
Yard House

River Market
.8 miles/18 minute walk from the theater
Brown & LoeChill hangout for American eats & drinks
Harry’s Country ClubBeer & whiskey bar with American eats
Tribe Street KitchenLaid-back stop for global street fare
The Farmhouse – Their motto is “farm-to-table, tip-to-tail;” they work with local farmers in Kansas and Missouri with the goal of providing organic, non-GMO foods and reducing their carbon footprint.
Enzo Bistro & Wine Bar – Enzo Bistro & Wine Bar, in the historic City Market in Kansas City, Missouri, offers Mediterranean fare, leaning heavily on Sicilian…
Kansas City Taco Company – Tacos with unconventional fillings, plus a full bar & board games at this upbeat Mexican joint.
Blue Nile CafeLong-running Ethiopian spot for traditional fare with gluten-free & vegan options, plus a patio.

A quick drive…

Blue Bird Bistro – Eclectic takes on farm-to-table American fare in a renovated, brick-lined Victorian space.
1700 Summit, Kansas City, Missouri
M – Sat 7am – 9pm, Sun 9am – 1pm
.9 miles from the theater

While no overarching policy regarding masks, vaccinations, or proof of negative testing is currently in place, we at the Folly Theater are always closely monitoring the situation and working with local health officials to provide a safer environment for our patrons.

Should any requirements be made per an event presenter, those parameters will be listed on their respective event information landing page here on the website. In the event of a rise in cases and restrictions implemented by the city of Kansas City and/or the CDC, we will reach out to ticketholders of those affected events with next steps.