Parsons Theatre

1816 Main Street,
Parsons, KS 67357

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The Parsons Theatre is listed as operating from around 1943 when it was operated by H.J. Griffith Theaters Inc. chain. It was still open in 1957.

Today the town is served by a modern five-screen Parsons Theatre at a different location (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures).

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

The Parsons Theatre was opened no later than 1928, when an organ was installed. According to the book “Parsons,” by David Mattox and Mike Brotherton, the Parsons Theatre was partly destroyed by a fire on September 3, 1943, and was rebuilt, but was completely destroyed by another fire more than 50 years later.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 21, 2011 at 12:54 am

The Parsons Theatre might have opened as early as 1921, when the February issue of The Bridgemen’s Magazine carried the following item: “Parsons—Theater and Office—Parsons Amusement Company having plans prepared by H. R. Primmer, architect, Nevada, Mo., for 3-story, 100 x 120-ft., reinforced concrete, steel and brick, reinforced concrete flooring, concrete foundation. About $250,000.” The building in the 1985 photo lostmemory linked to was certainly not 100 feet wide, but part of the building destroyed in the 1943 fire might not have been rebuilt.

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