Kansas Movie Theatres (page 4)

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Granada Theatre
Lawrence, KS
Varsity Theatre
Lawrence, KS
Hollywood Theatre
Leavenworth, KS
The Granada Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1934. The original marquee looked like the one at the Plaza Theatre in Ottawa, shown below. Since 1993, the Granada Theatre has been a live music venue. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Varsity Theatre opened in 1926. It was remodeled in 1965 and then closed in 1997. It has housed an Urban Outfitters clothing store since at least 2007. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hollywood Theatre was designed by Robert Boller and built in 1938. It closed in the 1970s and was donated to the city. The theatre is now used as a performing arts center. For more, see this website. [map]

Wareham Theatre
Manhattan, KS
The Wareham Theatre was built in 1893 asthe Wareham Opera House. In 1911, a movie screen was added and it became the Wareham Theatre. It closed in 1986 and reopened in 1988 as the Wareham Hall event venue. For more, see this website. [map]

Campus Theatre
Manhattan, KS
Ute Theatre
Mankato, KS
The Campus Theatre opened as the Miller Theatre in 1926. It was renamed the Varsity Theatre in 1930 and the Sonsa Theatre in 1936. In 1951, it became the Campus Theatre. It closed in 1998. The building now houses the Rally House Aggieville store, featuring Kansas State University and other Kansas sports teams clothing. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ute Theatre opened in 1905. Sometime between 1982 and 2009, the marquee and blade sign were replaced with the current versions. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Fox Theatre
Newton, KS
The Fox Theatre opened in 1914 as the Royal Theater. In 1921, it was remodeled and renamed Regent Theater. It became the Fox Theatre in 1955. The theatre had been closed since 1999. The building is now owned by the city and houses a church. For more, see this website. [map]

Norton Theatre
Norton, KS
The Norton Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers in 1906. It was remodeled, again by the Boller Brothers, in 1947. For more, see this website. [map]

Plaza Theatre
Ottawa, KS
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The Plaza Theatre occupies part of the Pickrell Building which was built in 1885. In 1905, the Bijou Theatre opened in the building. The theatre was later known as the Crystal Theatre which closed in 1929. The theatre was remodeled in 1937 with a Boller Brothers design and reopened as the Plaza Theatre. In 2007, the theatre was restored, repainted, and reopened as the Crystal Plaza Theater. By 2013, the theatre was operating as the Plaza Grill & Cinema. By 2014, the building was housing the Movie Memorabilia Museum in addition to operating as a theatre. For more, see this website. [first photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

Glenwood Theatre [gone]
Overland Park, KS
The Glenwood Theatre opened in 1966 and closed in 2000. The theatre was demolished and replaced with a mall. This 43 foot tall marquee sign was adopted by the Glenwood Arts Theatre and moved a few blocks from its original location. The "Glenwood" letters were removed from the side of the former theatre building, replacing a plastic box on the sign. These photos are from 2010. By 2015, the sign was gone. It was moved into storage behind the Englewood Theatre in Independence, MO. The "G" shield panel is now in storage at the Midwest Sign Company. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Rio Theatre
Overland Park, KS


The Rio Theatre was designed by the Boller Brothers and opened in 1946. It was also known as the Kimo South Theatre and the Overland Theatre. The theatre was restored in 2000. The snack bar features a 1938 popcorn machine which came from the Abilene Theatre in Abilene, KS. The Rio is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It closed in 2020 and is being restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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