Peoples Theatre

129 E. 4th Avenue,
Garnett, KS 66032

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Architects: Robert O. Boller

Firms: Boller Brothers

Styles: Art Deco

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Peoples Theatre

Peoples Theatre was an old converted opera house on the north side of the town square in Garnett, Kansas. There are local newspaper references to it as early as 1914. At some point it was converted to show movies. The balcony was enclosed and converted into a projection room. The stage was left intact.

It resembled the old theatre in "The Last Picture Show". There was a lighted marquee that hung out over the sidewalk. It was the only movie theatre in the county.

The main fare was second run features. In the 1960’s they had kid’s Saturday matinees for 25 cents. Around 1980 it became part of a small chain. A few years later it was damaged by fire and was closed.

Contributed by Michael Ellis

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm

thanks Michael,so many of these lost gems will probably never make on CT,unless locals care enough.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on March 22, 2011 at 10:10 am




Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 18, 2016 at 4:06 am

The September 17, 1938, issue of Motion Picture Herald said that a new front on the Peoples Theatre (the name on the marquee had no apostrophe) had been designed by Robert Boller.

DavidZornig on June 18, 2023 at 2:52 pm

Address was 129 E. 4th Avenue, confirmed Demolished. Building to the left of it in the photos is still standing, with distinctive horizontal trim beneath it’s coping stones. Cinematour also lists a separate Garnett Theatre which has no CT page. But that conflicts with the Overview above that claims Peoples Theatre was the only movie theatre in the county.

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