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Bookstar is gone & the building is vacant. Here’s a photo from April 2011:
The theatre is open (their website shows upcoming entertainment & movies). Here’s a photo I took this past weekend:
I don’t know about the performing arts thing… It reopened as a video store in 2010 with movies shown on Friday and Saturday nights.
Photo of the building today:
A more interesting photo of the screen tower:
A 2009 photo here:
The screen tower & the remains of this drive-in were demolished January 2011.
I’d love to know what this theatre looked like originally. Photos anyone?
According to this website, the theatre reopened in 1932:
Here’s a photo from this summer — with the new real or faux? marbled stained glass windows:
I’m told that this marquee came from the Plaza Theatre in Abilene, KS before it was destroyed. They sure look alike:
My photo from July 2010 of the Fine Arts marquee:
Here’s a wide view of the theatre from August 2010:
Still closed summer 2010:
The marquee sign is the same design at the former Plaza Theatre in Trenton, MO (maybe the theatres had the same architect?):
A bit of history about this theatre here:
“The theater was originally built as the Shapiro Shoe Store and in about 1952 was converted to the Dickinson Movie Theater. Dixie and Howard Larsen purchased the theater from Mr. Dickenson… Prior to being the Route 66 Movie Theater, the building was the Route 66 Music Theater which featured Branson-style music variety shows. In the 1950’s, the theater was known as the Larsen Theater.”
Opened as the Grand Theatre in 1914:
http://www.breesehistoricalsociety.org/Panel 3 Pics/a7.html
A postcard with an earlier appearance:
A photo from last week:
The theatre is apparently showing films again — from July 2010:
Recent photos (inside & outside) and news:
Here’s my July 2010 photo showing the new ticker-type marquee, squares on facade cleaned up, new doors, horizonal stripes removed… all just horrible in my opinion:
A 2004 photo — does anyone know what happened to the blade sign above the marquee?
A photo from June 2010:
A photo from 2010:
A couple photos of this theate’s progress from June 2010:
Here’s the sign from June 2010: