Varsity Theater

1125 Moro Street,
Manhattan, KS 66502

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Varsity Theatre closed by 1989

Located in the college town on Manhattan, Kansas in Aggieville. Probably built in the late-1960’s and closed in the 1980’s. A small long narrow theater with old Brenkert reel to reel projectors. Operated by the Commonwealth Amusement Co., it played special midnight showings like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for years. It was last operated by Dickinson Theatres.

Contributed by D. W.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2009 at 10:18 pm

The Varsity opened on February 26, 1969, according to the March 17 issue of Boxoffice. The opening feature was “Romeo and Juliet.” Like most Commonwealth circuit theaters of the period, it was designed by Milton Costlow & Associates of Overland Park, Kansas.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 20, 2011 at 10:13 pm

CinemaTour gives the address of the Varsity Theatre as 1125 Moro Street. The structure on that lot is a typical old commercial building, so the theater was probably converted from retail space when it opened in 1969. The current use of the building appears to be offices for the publishers of a university-related sports magazine called Powercat Illustrated.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 2, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Reopening ad from February 26th, 1969

rivest266
rivest266 on June 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

This is not to be confused with the Varsity theatre at 615 N. Manhattan Avenue that opened on August 26th, 1930 and renamed Sosna in 1936.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 2, 2018 at 2:06 pm

This theater was not demolished, merely dismantled. 1125 Moro Street is currently occupied by offices for Powercat Illustrated, a magazine about Kansas State athletics.

The aluminum false front seen in the vintage photo uploaded by aggieville_archives has been stripped off, but the building to the left with its distinctive transom consisting of of five rows of translucent glass blocks is still there, though the bottom two rows of blocks are covered by an awning reading “The Goose Aggieville” in the current Google street view.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Since Google has chosen to send us another unfixable dislocated street view, here’s the street view at Google Maps itself.

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