521 Shawnee Street,
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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The Airdome was opened by 1910. This theater appears on the November 1913 Sanborn, where it is shown as closed. This address was an empty lot on the 1905 map.

It’s not known if this ever reopened, or if anything replaced it. This portion of the block was demolished long ago for a parking lot.

Contributed by Seth Gaines

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 19, 2024 at 11:26 am

Could this be the place? Moving Picture World of March 6, 1909: “Leavenworth, Kan.-Ed Lampson is considering the erection of a Summer theater on Shawnee street.”

On March 27, this item appeared: “Leavenworth, Kan.-Ed. Lampson has been granted a permit for the erection of a Summer theater, on Shawnee street.”

The April 3 issue has this: “Leavenworth, Kan.-Ed. Lampson is making arrangements to build a new Summer theater on Shawnee street.”

I’ve been unable to find any more reports about the project from 1909, but the Airdome was definitely in operation by 1910, as it was mentioned three times in the July 1 issue of The Labor Chronicle, published in Leavenworth.

A June 27, 1919 report in The Leavenworth Times of a storm which had struck the city said that “[p]art of the front of the old Airdome theater Shawnee street was blown down.” The “building” (what there was of it) at least was still standing then, even if the place had been closed for years. It was not one of the three houses listed at Leavenworth in the 1914-1915 American Motion Picture Directory.

SethG on May 19, 2024 at 1:56 pm

That must be the same place. It does seem odd nothing ever replaced it, but it is sort of on the fringe of downtown.

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