603 W. Main Street,
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Parrot Theatre (Official)
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: New Parrot Theatre
The Parrot Theatre is another small town theatre. It replaced an earlier Perrot Theatre (aka Crescent Theatre/Rialto Theatre) at a different High Street address which has its own page on Cinema Treasures. It is located at W. Main Street and S. Jewell Street, showing first run attractions. The New Parrot Theatre was opened on December 14, 1933 with Jack Oakie in “Sitting Pretty”. It was designed in an Art Deco style by architectural firm Swift & Arrowsmith based in Belleville, KS. It was gutted by fire of December 8, 1968.
A new 300-seat theatre was constructed within the four surviving outer walls. It opened on April 30, 1959 with Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. The Parrot Theatre was owned and operated by Thelma Anna Hacker from 1933 until she retired in 1986 and the theatre was closed. It was sold to the Alma Chamber of Commerce and was refurbished, reopening on April 30, 1988 with Tom Selleck in “Three Men and a Baby”.
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