Jayhawk Theater

1806 Central Avenue,
Kansas City, KS 66102

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2009 at 10:43 pm

The name change from Art to Jayhawk took place no later than 1939, when a February 18 Boxoffice item about the sale of the house and an extensive remodeling then underway referred to it as “…the Jayhawk, formerly the Art.”

Another remodeling was done late in 1948, as reported in Boxoffice, December 4, that year. The operator then was Friendly Theatres, and the manager was A.J. Sher. The alterations included a new front and marquee, and an enlarged lobby and lounges.

The demolition of the Jayhawk took place no earlier than 1964. Boxoffice of June 29, 1964, said that operator Abbott Sher reported that the Jayhawk had been closed as of June 21.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm

The Jayhawk Theater had 899 seats.

mlind
mlind on September 17, 2007 at 2:39 pm

The url below about the Granada & the Boller Bros. lists the Art Theater at 1808 Central Avenue. View link

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 11, 2005 at 8:53 am

I was aware of the Art Theater when I added the Jayhawk. I didn’t add the Art Theater name as an aka because I don’t know if they were the same theater or did the Jayhawk replace the Art Theater. When I do a search for the Art Theater, I usually get the following “Opened in 1919 no other history available at this time”. A search of the Jayhawk either returns “Opened in 1949 no other history available at this time” or I get lots of info on the Jayhawk in Topeka, Kansas. Maybe someone else can solve this one.

claydoh77
claydoh77 on February 11, 2005 at 6:27 am

The site is currently a grocery store parking lot.

This may have been a remodel or built on the same site as another Boller Brothers Design. One Boller list shows a “Jayhawk (Art) Theatre” designed 1919, opening in 1920. The Art Theatre was located at 1808 Central Avenue and seated 1100.