Varsity Theater

1013 Massachusetts Street,
Lawrence, KS 66044

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Varsity TheaterĀ© Lawrence KS / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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The Varsity Theater in Lawrence, Kansas was built in 1926. By 1941, it was operated by Commonwealth Amusement, but had gone from their management by 1950. I don’t have the closing date for this theater but the building is now used as a clothing store. Click the link below for a 1946 photo of the Varsity Theater.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 19, 2005 at 5:07 am

A Reuter organ Opus 204 Size 3/8 was installed in the Varsity Theater in 1926 at a cost of $12,751. The organ was removed in the 1930’s and installed in the Dickinson Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 4, 2007 at 7:12 am

Here is a recent photo of the former Varsity Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 17, 2007 at 7:02 am

This is another photo of the former Varsity Theater building.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2009 at 4:36 pm

This is a 2009 close-up photo.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The Varsity underwent major remodeling in 1965, after the original owners, Mr. and Mrs. McCurdy, sold the house to the Commonwealth Theatres circuit.

Boxoffice Magazine of October 4 reported that the Kansas City firm of Milton Costlow & Associates designed the $100,000 project, which involved the demolition of the proscenium to expand the auditorium into the former stage area, the removal of the original ceiling, and the rearrangement of the lobby and foyer.

Space formerly occupied by tenants in the building would be used for theater facilities as well. The house would be entirely reseated and carpeted, and the booth would be equipped for both 35 and 70mm projection.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Auditorium pictured at bottom left of this 1929 trade article: Boxoffice

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