Burford Theatre

116 S. Summit Street,
Arkansas City, KS 67005

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Burford Theatre ... Arkansas City Kansas

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Once a grand theatre, the Burford Theatre became the product of changing times and changing theatre chains. It has been donated to the Arkansas City Area Arts Council for use as a center for the arts for the community. They are now restoring and renovating the property. Much of the early decor is still intact.

The theatre was built in 1924 in a L-shaped building in the center of downtown Arkansas City. Shortly after its opening, a commercial building was erected in the lot in front of the auditorium. The renovation-restoration was begun in late fall 2004.

Contributed by E. Snell

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2005 at 12:32 pm

Here is another article on this theater:
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In that article, it claims that this theater had 3 screens in 1985.

aandersku
aandersku on March 25, 2005 at 1:46 pm

This theatre did have 3 screens. My best friend worked there in college. If you go up onto the original balcony, you can see all the way back to the original stage and looking down, you see all 4 theatres because they have a false ceiling. This theatre is beautiful.

aandersku
aandersku on March 25, 2005 at 1:47 pm

I meant to type 3 instead of 4. There are only 3 theatres now.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 27, 2006 at 7:31 am

Here is a recent photo of the Burford Theater.

carol848
carol848 on November 1, 2006 at 4:57 am

My son worked at the Burford when it was owned by B&B and used as a movie theatre. He would tell me some eerie stories about weird noises and odd things that would happen when he was there at night by himself and also other people have had the same experiences. Did anyone ever mention that strange things happen in this building? If so I would like to hear about it. I have searched other web sites regarding paranormal happenings but I could never find anything written about the Burford.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 9, 2007 at 7:38 pm

A Robert-Morton theater organ was installed in the Burford Theater in 1927.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Photos from 2010 of the Burford Theatre HERE, HERE and HERE in Arkansas City.

spectrum
spectrum on November 13, 2010 at 10:19 am

The 2009 photo indicated an event was being held there but the marquee is blank in the 2010 photos. I can’t find a website listing anywhere. I wonder if the renovation was even completed.

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