Augusta Historic Theatre

523 State Street,
Augusta, KS 67010

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Augusta Historic Theatre

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The Augusta Theatre opened on June 19, 1935 with seating provided for 683. This Art Deco style movie palace was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is very easy to find and more than worth the short drive from Wichita, Derby, Rose Hill, Andover, Leon, Towanda, Benton, or other parts of Kansas.

From Wichita just continue East on Highway 54 (Kellogg) for about 12 miles. Highway 54 turns into 7th Street in Augusta. At the third stoplight – State Street – take a right (south) and you’ll see the neon marquee of the Augusta Theatre – lit up and welcoming – just two blocks down.

You can’t miss it and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to experience a movie in one of the very few preserved, operating movie palaces in the region.

Contributed by Paul Salley

Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2007 at 12:43 pm

The architectural firm Boller Brothers of St. Louis submitted plans to the owner/builder David A. Bisagno, but he preferred and accepted the designs submitted by architect Larry P. Larson of Webb City, Missouri.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2008 at 2:59 am

Another photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 23, 2008 at 12:25 am

Some history and a small interior photo can be found here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 25, 2009 at 2:37 am

Here is the registration form for the National Register of Historic Places.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 14, 2009 at 1:20 am

This is another 1985 photo.

DonLewis
DonLewis on August 6, 2010 at 4:26 am

From 2010 a photo of the Augusta Theatre HERE and HERE in Augusta.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 7, 2010 at 2:51 am

Great pictures,sorta wish it was in Augusta,Ga!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Very nice looking theatre.

RoadsideArchitecture.com
RoadsideArchitecture.com on February 5, 2011 at 12:04 am

I’d love to know what this theatre looked like originally. Photos anyone?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on February 5, 2011 at 1:11 am

There is a photo of the exterior on the theater’s website: http://augustahistorictheatre.com/the_theatre. Based on the information there, it was apparently later covered in glass, (possibly Vitrolite as was used on the lower portion of the façade) which was then removed when that ugly green metal cladding was installed. Other than that, it would appear that the theater, especially the interior, looks very much it did when it opened. It’s an Art Deco gem.

There is a set of thirty-seven photos here: View link

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