629 N. Main Street,
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Dream Theater (Official)
Previously operated by: B & B Theatres
Architects: Robert O. Boller
Firms: Boller Brothers
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: Mainstreet Theater, New Dream Theater
News About This Theater
- Apr 4, 2006 — National Register adds Dream Theatre
The Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas was originally opened on August 4, 1924 as the Mainstreet Theater. In 1935 it was renovated and renamed the Dream Theater with a seating capacity given as 590. In 1947, fire destroyed the old movie house.
Two years later, the New Dream Theater with a seating capacity of 425 was opened on the same site. For the next 51 years, the Dream Theater was just that – a majestic, Art Deco style single screen movie house delighting local audiences. The Dream Theater survived into the next century, but was finally closed in May 2000 by B&B Theatres.
As soon it closed, the Keep The Dream Alive Committee spurred into action, paid the $6,000 back taxes, and raised an additional $20,000 to reopen the cinema.
Now run by a volunteer staff and open only on the weekends, the Dream Theater is alive again.
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