615 SW Jackson Street,
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The Grand Theater in Topeka was located on SW Jackson Street at SW Sixth Avenue. It started out in 1882 as the Grand Opera House, being thought of as a state of the art venue with fifty exits.
In 1925 with the completion of the Jayhawk Theater (awaiting restoration), the Grand Theater would be converted to a cinema to the plans of the Boller Brothers architectural firm. It was never really hailed as the most elaborate, but was able to hold the most capacity in the city.
Around the 1960’s or 1970’s the Grand Theater was temporary closed, then reopened in 1980 as a cinema. A different movie was shown at every time slot, plus it housed Friday night midnight sessions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. The Grand Theater would re-close in 1983, and unfortunately a year later would suffer a roof collapse, and was razed by 1984.
In its place now is a parking lot for the Topeka Independent Living building.
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