Crest Theater

1905 Lakin Avenue,
Great Bend, KS 67530

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Keith Wondra
Keith Wondra on March 27, 2013 at 11:59 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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 20, 2011 at 6:16 am

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.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on July 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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

Allan
Allan on July 5, 2010 at 5:22 am

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

kpdennis
kpdennis on October 21, 2009 at 12:15 am

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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kpdennis
kpdennis on May 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Detail of the neon and light set up under the marquee of the Crest:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 14, 2009 at 1:10 am

Another photo of the Crest is here.

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2008 at 1:56 am

Current seating for the Crest is 274 on the main floor with an additional 258 seats in the balcony. Total 530 seats. Source.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2008 at 4:01 am

This is another recent photo of the Crest.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 25, 2007 at 11:21 pm

Here is a June 1960 ad from the Great Bend Daily Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/2kkkvy

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 23, 2007 at 3:37 pm

Here is a 2007 photo of the Crest Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 4, 2006 at 5:04 pm

National Register of Historical Places:

Crest Theater (added 2005 – Building – #05000003)
1905 Lakin Ave., Great Bend
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Boller and Lusk, Flett Construction Co.
Architectural Style: Moderne
Area of Significance: Architecture, Entertainment/Recreation
Period of Significance: 1950-1974
Owner: Local Gov’t
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 3, 2006 at 6:42 pm

This information comes from the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review when the Crest Theater was being approved for nomination to the National Register of Historical Places:

“The Crest Theater in Great Bend was constructed in 1950 from plans prepared by noted theater designer Robert Boller. The building is a late example of the movie palace type; its primary facade has terra cotta tile sheathing, bold geometric lines, and a distinct Art Moderne appearance”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 3, 2006 at 5:19 pm

This is a recent photo of the Crest Theater.