120 SE Eighth Avenue,
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Starting out as the Novelty Theatre in 1908, the Dickinson Theater was smaller compared to its sisters The Jayhawk and the Grand. It would start out with vaudeville performers and comedy until the 1920’s, when it became a cinema.
Not much is known or remembered about the inside of the theater, but there was a curtain, the “Dickinson” crest hung from the proscenium, and it had a balcony.
It would remain a popular movie theater until the 1980’s, when it would suffer from competition by newer multi-plexes being built around the city. This would turn the Dickinson into a discount, or “dollar movie” joint before its permanent closure in 1988. It would remain vacant until 1993, when it was demolished to create a parking lot.
The Dickinson Theater was located on the corner of 8th and Quincy, across from the Topeka Performing Arts center (west of it). It has been said the original crest that adorned the Dickinson’s sign is stored in the Jayhawk State Theatre.
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