Doric Theater

508 Morton Street,
Elkhart, KS 67950

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Doric Theatre - 1937

The Doric Theatre was opened in 1918 was home to vaudeville and silent films in this rural Kansas farm town. It closed in 1981.

In 2015 it was purchased by the Mitchell Theatres chain who are based in Elkhart. It was restored and reopened in spring of 2016, playing first run movies at weekends with arthouse movies on weekdays evenings. It also host plays and live performances.

Contributed by Paul Salley, Charles Frisby

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William on December 5, 2003 at 8:56 am

The Doric Theatre seated 350 people.

brentclarkf on December 19, 2004 at 9:57 pm

It’s my understanding that this one’s being restored as a performing arts/community theatre. My wife and I are experienced performers, and we do fundraisers. We also believe in preserving old theatres whenever possible. Good luck with your restorations.
You might contact the people in Syracuse at the Northrup for ideas. As far as excellent restoration work, contact the Washita in Cordell, OK, the Morley in Borger, TX, or The Liberty in Carnegie, OK. These people have resurrected their theatres and they look great! Good luck!

marj_sanford on June 11, 2015 at 1:51 pm

My Grandmother, Zinnia Frieholtz, told us she purchased the piano that was used in this theater when it was a silent movie theater. She taught piano lessons on it for many years. I have it in my home. Zinnia was the librarian for many years.

ChrisB on July 9, 2016 at 4:28 am

The manager in 1958 was Delbert Stewart, per an ad in that year’s Elkhart High School yearbook.

kenc49 on July 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Article about the Doric Theatre revival

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