Pic Theatre

10 N. Washington Street,
Iola, KS 66749

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The 400-seat Pic Theatre opened on March 5, 1939 with Ralph Bellamy in “It Can’t Last Forever”. It was a remodeled of the Litwin building. The advertisement in the Iola Daily Register said it had a 10-cent admission price for all and was billed as “Iola’s new independent low price Theatre".

The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Weaver, said the sound equipment and upholstered seats had been moved from a theatre they previously operated in Leavenworth. The Weavers ran the theatre until Mrs. Weaver’s death in 1957 at which time Jack Hastings became manager. Mr. Hastings also operated the local drive-in.

On March 16, 1959 the Register noted that the Pic Theatre had shown its last picture last night and that the building was to be converted to a furniture store.

Contributed by Ron Pierce

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CSWalczak on October 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

Here is a webpage about the furniture store that incorporated the space that once was the Pic; part of the theater’s entrance can be seen in one of the B&W pictures, and there is a modern day photo of the frontage of the furniture store that includes the Pic premises.

dallasmovietheaters on September 6, 2021 at 6:05 pm

The Pic Theatre launched here by W.A. Weaver on March 5, 1939 as a sub-run discount house with Ralph Bellamy in “It Can’t Last Forever” supported by The Three Stooges short, “Grips, Grunts and Groans,” a cartoon, and two more short subjects. The theatre closed at the end of a 20-year lease on March 16, 1959 with a double-feature of Rhonda Fleming in “Odonga” and Glenn Ford in “3:10 to Yuma.” Future bookings were moved to the 54 Drive-In.

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