Augusta Historic Theatre

523 State Street,
Augusta, KS 67010

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Architects: Larry P. Larsen

Functions: Movies

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Augusta Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 316.775.3661

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Augusta Historic Theatre

The Augusta Theatre opened on June 19, 1935 with seating provided for 683. This Art Deco style movie palace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is very easy to find and more than worth the short drive from Wichita, Derby, Rose Hill, Andover, Leon, Towanda, Benton, or other parts of Kansas.

From Wichita just continue East on Highway 54 (Kellogg) for about 12 miles. Highway 54 turns into 7th Street in Augusta. At the third stoplight - State Street - take a right (south) and you’ll see the neon marquee of the Augusta Theatre - lit up and welcoming - just two blocks down.

You can’t miss it and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience a movie in one of the very few preserved, operating movie palaces in the region.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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JimRankin on April 29, 2004 at 3:50 am

Tour of Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas Theatres in 2004
From June 26 through July 1, 2004 the Theatre Historical Society of America will tour a number of theatres in Kansas City Missouri and surrounding areas, including theatres in Lamar, Joplin, Richmond, St. Joseph and Springfield, MO, as well as Miami, OK, and these cities in Kansas: Leavenworth, Kansas City, Emporia, El Dorado, Augusta, Wichita, Hutchinson, McPherson, Salina, Concordia, and Topeka. More information is contained on their web site: and special photos and information concerning the Kansas City theatres: UPTOWN and the MIDLAND is available on this temporary page of their site at: A glossy brochure about this “Heart of America” Conclave is available from the Society’s headquarters listed on their homepage, via E-mail to the Ex. Director, or via snail mail. Membership in the Society is not required to attend the Conclave and tour the theatres, but fees do apply as detailed on their site. Bring your camera and lots of film, for it is usually difficult or impossible to enter these theatres for photos, and some of them will surely not be with us in the years to come.

kencmcintyre on February 9, 2006 at 1:07 pm

Here is a small photo of the interior:
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2007 at 4:43 am

The architectural firm Boller Brothers of St. Louis submitted plans to the owner/builder David A. Bisagno, but he preferred and accepted the designs submitted by architect Larry P. Larson of Webb City, Missouri.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 5, 2010 at 8:26 pm

From 2010 a photo of the Augusta Theatre HERE and HERE in Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Great pictures,sorta wish it was in Augusta,Ga!

TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Very nice looking theatre. on February 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I’d love to know what this theatre looked like originally. Photos anyone?

CSWalczak on February 4, 2011 at 5:11 pm

There is a photo of the exterior on the theater’s website: Based on the information there, it was apparently later covered in glass, (possibly Vitrolite as was used on the lower portion of the façade) which was then removed when that ugly green metal cladding was installed. Other than that, it would appear that the theater, especially the interior, looks very much it did when it opened. It’s an Art Deco gem.

There is a set of thirty-seven photos here: View link

DavidZornig on December 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Link for a fund raising effort for the marquee.

richardg on July 15, 2023 at 4:02 pm

A beautiful small town theatre. There is no suspended balcony but there are several rows of raised or stadium style seating at the rear of the theatre. Four beautiful semi-flush neon chandeliers adorn the auditorium ceiling. Several huge theatre sconces highlight the beautiful murals on the interior walls of the auditorium. Originally, above the marquee there was a huge panel of various colored glass. Frequent breakage of the glass and costly replacement resulted in this being covered over when the front exterior was remodeled. The knowledgeable and friendly all volunteer staff (no paid staff) has kept the theatre doors open and these lovely art deco entry doors deserve to be seen. The Augusta has done some live performances but they were poorly attended. Hopefully, a successful venue of events will be formulated that will keep the Augusta flourishing.

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