Crest Theater

1905 Lakin Avenue,
Great Bend, KS 67530

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Crest Theatre exterior

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Previously at this address had stood the Kansan Theatre, operated by Commonwealth Amusements from at least 1941. The Crest Theater opened on November 9, 1950, and was operated by Commonwealth Amusement Corp. Seating was provided for 985 in orchestra and balcony levels.

This former movie theater was renovated for use as a community theater. Some of its uses are musical concerts, dance, lectures and seminars. The Crest Theater was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2005.

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DonLewis
DonLewis on June 21, 2008 at 5:26 am

A 1996 view of the Crest Theater in Great Bend and a larger view here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 13, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Another photo of the Crest is here.

kpdennis
kpdennis on May 1, 2009 at 7:44 am

Detail of the neon and light set up under the marquee of the Crest:
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kpdennis
kpdennis on October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Thanks Chuck…here’s a photo of the Crest I just replaced, but maybe I had never posted it here before?
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Allan
Allan on July 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

What an absolutely gorgeous theatre! Kudos to the town for not letting it slip away.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

GREAT MARQUEE. LIGHTING DESIGN UNDER CANOPY MUST BE VERY UNIQUE WHEN LIT!!

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 19, 2011 at 10:16 pm

The NRHP registration form for the Crest Theatre, available here as a PDF, includes several photos of the theater, as well as a detailed description.

Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 27, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Crest Theatre exterior photo from the Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/204952/page/1

Crest Theatre lobby photo from the Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/204953/page/1

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