State Theater

104 W. Pine Street,
Columbus, KS 66725

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The State Theater is now home to a floor covering store.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on January 10, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Boxoffice magazine reported in January 1946 that the State recently celebrated its sixth anniversary, so it would have opened in late 1939 or very early in 1940.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 12, 2009 at 1:15 pm

There is a 400 seat State Theater listed for Columbus, Kansas in 1940. In 1950 the State Theater is listed with 600 seats. Unless this theater received a major expansion at some point, the 1284 seat count given above seems a little excessive.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Chuck… shows two drive-ins for Columbus. The Columbus Drive-In and the Cherokee Drive-In 3. I don’t see either one listed on here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 26, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I don’t even have an address for the Columbus Drive-In. Both the Columbus and the Cherokee were operating in 1964. In 1975 only the Cherokee is listed. By 1980, the Cherokee is gone and the Columbus is again listed. It’s possible that the Columbus closed and re-opened. I prefer to have an address or at least a street name and some sort of timeline when I add theaters. The Columbus will have to sit on the back burner until more information becomes available.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm

The State Theatre burned in June, 1947. It was rebuilt on the same site, plus the site of an adjacent bowling alley which had also been destroyed in the fire, and reopened on Christmas Day, 1947. The January 3, 1948, issue of Boxoffice reported that Robert Boller was the architect for the rebuilding project.

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