Leavenworth Performing Arts Center

501 Delaware Street,
Leavenworth, KS 66048

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The Hollywood Theater, designed by Robert Boller was built in 1938. After closing as a movie theater in the 1970’s, the building was donated to the city in 1977. The Hollywood Theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. Today, this theater is a performing arts center and is also home to the River City Community Players.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2006 at 9:07 am

This is a recent photo of the Hollywood theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 2, 2007 at 6:25 am

Added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1990

Hollywood Theater (added 1990 – Building – #90001575)
401 Delaware St., Leavenworth
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Boller Bros., Boller,Robert
Architectural Style: Art Deco
Area of Significance: Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Local Gov’t
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

(Theater is actually located at 501 Delaware St)

kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 5:12 pm

The Hollywood was part of the Durwood Theater chain in the early sixties, along with the Skylark Drive-In in Leavenworth.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 24, 2009 at 6:22 pm

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

ChicChas on January 17, 2010 at 1:02 pm

The interior still looks pretty much as it did in the 1960’s when I saw movies here as a kid. It was never modernized, so Art Deco details remain. The theater company has removed some of the front seats and built a thrust stage while also utilizing the shallow stage behind the proscenium. Palm Tree murals remain.

Balcony seating was closed for the production I saw. I’m not sure if they use it at all anymore.

Deco furnishings in the upstairs lounge area are replaced with shabby 1980’s sofas. Original concessions area is now used for box office. Original ticket booth has a tipsy mannequin on display.

Sadly missing is the original vertial neon sign. Blue and white neon marquise still looks great at night, though. Also on display is a very old projector previously used here.

DonLewis on October 21, 2010 at 7:49 pm

From 2010 a view of the Hollywood Theater Here and Here in Leavenworth.

Tinseltoes on June 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

Here’s a 1939 trade journal article about the new Hollywood Theatre: boxofficemagazine

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