Liberty Hall Theatre

644 Massachusetts Street,
Lawrence, KS 66044

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm

There is a Bowersock Opera House in Lawrence listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. There are no street addresses in this Guide. So I don’t know how it fits in with this theatre, the Liberty Hall/Bowersock/Jayhawker. The Mgr was J.D. Bowersock, and it had 1,000 seats and was located upstairs on the second floor. It had both gas and electric illumination; the proscenium opening was 30 feet square,and the stage was 30 feet deep. There were 2 daily newspapers in Lawrence, plus 3 weeklies; and 2 hotels for show folk, the Eldridge and the Lawrence. The 1897 population of Lawrence was 12,000.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on January 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

From 2010, photos of the Liberty Hall Theatre in Lawrence.

susanwhitley on May 16, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Liberty Hall was known as the Jayhawker for quite a while. My father worked for the company that owned a chain of theaters in the Midwest, the Jayhawker and Varsity among them, and my first job was as a cashier at the Jayhawker in 1958. The Liberty Hall restrooms are still the same…a real vintage experience.
Susan (Whitley) Peters

teecee on June 28, 2005 at 6:27 am

Here is an old photo. Note the vertical marquee with the name “Jayhawker”.