Mission Theatre

5909 Johnson Drive,
Mission, KS 66202

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Dickinson Theatres

Architects: Louis Siebers

Functions: Movies (Classic), Special Events

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Dickinson Theatre, Fine Arts Theatre, Dickinson Top Two Theatre

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Dickinson Top Two Theatre

This theatre opened in 1938 under ownership of Glen W. Dickinson Sr. (Dickinson Theatres) and was known simply as the Dickinson Theatre, with a seating capacity for 560.

In 1982, the Fine Arts Group was founded with the re-opening of the Dickinson Theatre as the Fine Arts Theatre and it was twinned. Its purpose was to exhibit and promote first run and specialized programs not available in mall theatres. Art and foreign video rentals were also available in the lobby.

The Fine Arts operated here until 2002 when the original owner, Dickinson Theatres, again began operation as the Dickinson Top Two Theatre. The theatre played discounted second-run films and was open only on weekends. The theatre also hosted live performances by the Theatre For Young America and other live acts such as puppet shows.

In 2006, it was renamed Mission Theatre, playing classic movies and hosting weddings and special events.

Contributed by Clay Jarratt

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

ExTop2Employee on July 1, 2005 at 2:40 pm

It wasn’t a twin to begin with and I’m sorry but i don’t know when it was twinned.

ExTop2Employee on July 1, 2005 at 2:41 pm

And it closed a while back…. I used to work there…:(

claydoh77 on February 9, 2006 at 8:47 pm

The Dickenson Top Two Theatre is now gone from this location and it is now owned by a photograpy company called Kansas Memories. Check out: http://www.themissiontheatre.com/about.html

Their website mentions that the first events at this new venue are to begin in July of 2006, weddings, parties, etc… and that there will sometimes be classic & family movies shown.

Edward Jurich
Edward Jurich on March 6, 2009 at 3:21 am

It was twined when the fine arts folks had it I believe

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

Nice looking Theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 10, 2012 at 3:38 am

Now called the Mission Theatre and hosts wedding and events, but shows the occasional classic movie.


Glen Wood Dickinson III
Glen Wood Dickinson III on December 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

This was built by Glen Sr. and opened in 1938. I spent many a Saturday afternoon at the old Dickinson.

Glen III

emagnitude on January 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Newly remodeled and open as an event space.


midtown_kc on August 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

I worked there for about four years, 69-72 when it was Dickinson Theatre. Fun job, taking tickets and working concession stand. The Dickinson corporate office was right around the corner. Every night I, or someone, would take the daily boxoffice report to the corporate office and slide it thru the glass doors. We also carried the nightly bank deposit bag down the street to the bank night deposit. LOL can you imagine doing that now.

I went to the grand opening of the current event space business. The inside is gutted and pretty sterile. The only thing inside that is original is the glass blocks that were on the concession stand. Now a bar

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2021 at 12:54 am

The October 29, 1938 Boxoffice article about the opening of the new Dickinson Theatre at Mission, Kansas on October 20 listed among the attendees at the event the theater’s architect, Louis Siebers. Siebers also designed Dickinson’s Carlton Theatre at Manhattan, Kansas the same year.

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