Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

151 S. Santa Fe Avenue,
Salina, KS 67402

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Fox Theatre  Salina KS  December 1996

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This theater opened in 1931 as the Fox Watson Theatre, and closed sometime in the 1990’s.

In 2001, supporters raised nearly $3 million to restore and renovate the old Fox Watson Theatre into a premiere performing arts center.

The theatre reopened on March 8, 2003.

Contributed by Joel Weide, William Gabel

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kencmcintyre on December 2, 2006 at 9:29 am

Here is some additional background on this theater:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2007 at 7:01 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1988

Fox—Watson Theater Building (added 1988 – Building – #88001171)
Also known as Watson Theater Building
155 S. Santa Fe Ave., Salina
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Boller Brothers
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Commerce/Trade, Vacant/Not In Use
Current Sub-function: Business

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Here is a photo of the Fox Theater in 1999.

kencmcintyre on January 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Here is an August 2007 story from the Topeka Capital Journal:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

Some recent interior photos are here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 21, 2010 at 3:04 am

According to the item about the theater’s 40th anniversary that was run in Boxoffice of August 30, 1971, the exact opening date of the Fox was February 23, 1931.

DonLewis on June 22, 2010 at 8:50 pm

From 1940 an image of the Watson, Grand and Jayhawk Theaters in Salina.

DonLewis on December 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm

From 2010, photos of the Watson Theatre in Salina. [Please click on thumbnails for larger view].

JoelWeide on December 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Adding link. Thanks!

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