Featured Community Partner: KCPBS Premieres Fade to Black

Fade to Black, a new Kansas City PBS documentary produced by John G. McGrath (Flatland’s Art House), examines the past, present and future of the movie-going experience in Kansas City, dives into the significance and influence of cinema on American culture and illustrates how local theatres adapted to the challenges of 2020. Fade to Black premieres on KCPBS 19.1 Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., and will be available to stream at kcpbs.org/fadetoblack.

Fade to Black follows the Bagby and Bill families, owners of B&B Theaters — who have been in the movie business in Kansas and Missouri since the early 1920s — and traces how the Bagbys and other theater owners are adapting to a shifting entertainment world.