Rex Theater

519 Court Street,
Clay Center, KS 67432

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50sSNIPES on May 28, 2021 at 1:05 pm

The Actual Opening Date Is November 9, 1920 With Pat O'Malley In “Go And Get It”.

MichelleTessaro on July 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

The Rex Theater will be open once again by the end of July 2018. They will have live entertainment and movies!

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

One more thing, the theater with its new larger seats will be able to see it less than 300 people

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm

The Rex is expected to open before summer of 2018

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

UPDATE 2018 The Rex Theater in Clay Center, Kansas is undergoing a MAJOR renovation, funded by three local investors. A new roof, new paint, repair of the art deco plaster, new handicapped accessible restrooms, complete removal of all debris that was ever stuffed in any hole throughout the entire building, brand new wider seats both on the main level and in the balcony, digital sound, digital movie equipment, a brand new screen with a system that will raise and lower it, even the area beneath the stage intended to be a dressing room will now be used for such once again! Movies, live performances, and events will now be held there once again! Questions? Contact Bob Harvey ‭‭(719) 235-8864‬

rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Seems to be doing live performances on an part-time basis. No Movies.

Deisel on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

the theatre actually seats 300 people

Deisel on October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

April 15,2009 gerald hogan bought the rex theatre him and his family run it. they have first run movie’s they opened today with paranormal activity 4 10/19/2012 there is contact number 785-447-1540 and email address . They do live entertainment, halloween haunted house, koral dance studio performs here. there is no rodent problem.. its a great family environment & clean. And they have also opened up a coffee house during the day. Its a great family who has it and they take very good care of it I would give it *****. just a great family and they try real hard and work real hard for nothing

rivest266 on August 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Is this theatre in trouble, the websites are now empty and showtimes for this theatre is nowhere to be found on the internet. Is this a live theatre open only on a part-time basis?

jamikay on June 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

The Rex Theatre is still open and showing some first run movies. Last week they showed Karate Kid and Grown Ups. The new owners are a local family who has volunteered at the Rex for years. They have made major improvements to the facility and they are open on weekends (with occasional special showings on days when kids are out of school or holiday weekends). Stop by the Rex where movies are always a low $5 per person! We are very fortunate to have the Rex in Clay Center (population 4500) since 1920!

floridachalet on February 25, 2007 at 3:18 am

I understand it to be open with but one film a week,Chalet backed out becasue of some rodent problems of the nasty kind. I do not know if it ever will sustain itself again.

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Michael Furlinger on February 24, 2007 at 5:03 pm

what ever happened to this theater?

ChaletTheatersLLC on November 10, 2006 at 2:20 am

The Rex Theater has recently been aquired by Chalet Theaters, they are planning to do some extensive work and also are starting first run movies on December 1 of 2006. Additionaly they are adding new projectors and sound to the theater.

okiecraig on October 11, 2006 at 11:32 am

I have very fond memories of The Rex. Back in the 60’s I would spend the summer with my grandparents in Clay Center. The Rex offered free movies on Monday afternoon for kids. You’d pick up the free tickets from downtown merchants. This was a huge treat (this was way before videos) and the kids all enjoyed it. After the movie, we’d go to Rexall Drugs for a Coke (again a thing of the past. They still had their true soda fountain then). I remember the drive-in in Clay Center also (don’t remember the name), but it was behind what I remember as a truck stop. Saw lots of John Wayne there! Clay Center always holds some of my fondest memories and I’m so thrilled they are restoring the theatre and downtown.

coustille on October 12, 2005 at 1:51 pm

The Rex is now open on the weekends for shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is a new web site at with information about the theater and show times. There is also a non-profit organization that has formed to help restore the theater and keep it running.

Kirsten on July 14, 2004 at 11:00 am

I am one of the owners of the Rex Theater since 1995. Yes, we are struggling but we have managed to keep movies running seasonally during the winter holiday season and during the summer. Additionally, the theater has a stage that is home to the Community Chamber Orchestra.

Floyd Schultz built the theater in 1920 as a “combination house” (stage and roll-up screen). Although a fixed screen was installed sometime in the 1980s, we restored the roll-up screen and stage, as well as the proscenium, with a grant from Kansas Department of Commerce.

I would also like to note that although several buildings in the downtown have been restored, the City of Clay Center had nothing to do with it. Restoration work on the theater was done through our private funds and the grant from the state of Kansas. Other downtown buildings were restored by their owners with assistance from the Clay Center Main Street association.

William on December 5, 2003 at 9:23 am

The Rex Theatre is located at 519 Court and it seated 728 people when it was a single screen theatre.

DaleLivengood on December 1, 2002 at 2:08 pm

The Rex Theatre is in Clay Center, KS, not Clay,KS. Last summer it was open on weekends only, but I’m not sure of its status now, Dec. l. It has been struggling for several years, opening and closing several times. I’m very familiar with it because I spent many hours there while growing up in the 50’s.