Jayhawk Theater

1806 Central Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66102

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Firms: Boller Brothers

Previous Names: Art Theater

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1958 35mm slide credit Frank Hemenway.

The Art Theater was remodeled in 1939 and was renamed Jayhawk Theater. Remodeled again in 1949. This theater was closed in June 1964 and was demolished.

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claydoh77 on February 11, 2005 at 6:27 am

The site is currently a grocery store parking lot.

This may have been a remodel or built on the same site as another Boller Brothers Design. One Boller list shows a “Jayhawk (Art) Theatre” designed 1919, opening in 1920. The Art Theatre was located at 1808 Central Avenue and seated 1100.

mlind on September 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm

The url below about the Granada & the Boller Bros. lists the Art Theater at 1808 Central Avenue. View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm

The name change from Art to Jayhawk took place no later than 1939, when a February 18 Boxoffice item about the sale of the house and an extensive remodeling then underway referred to it as “…the Jayhawk, formerly the Art.”

Another remodeling was done late in 1948, as reported in Boxoffice, December 4, that year. The operator then was Friendly Theatres, and the manager was A.J. Sher. The alterations included a new front and marquee, and an enlarged lobby and lounges.

The demolition of the Jayhawk took place no earlier than 1964. Boxoffice of June 29, 1964, said that operator Abbott Sher reported that the Jayhawk had been closed as of June 21.

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