Rex Theater

519 Court Street,
Clay Center, KS 67432

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The Rex Theater opened in 1920 on Court Street originally as a venue for movies, vaudeville and legitimate theater. In the 1980’s, the theater’s balcony was converted into a second auditorium.

After falling into disrepair over the decades, the Rex Theater was purchased by Clay Center resident Jeff Young in 1996 and has been undergoing renovation since then, including a restoration of the marquee and facade, modern sound and projection equipment, a rebuilt concession stand, and a new roof.

The Rex Theater screened movies on the weekends, and is also home to the Clay Center Community Chamber Orchestra. It also hosts other live performances when not showing movies. Movies ceased in 2013.

Contributed by Joel Weide

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coustille
coustille on October 12, 2005 at 1:51 pm

The Rex is now open on the weekends for shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is a new web site at www.rextheater.net with information about the theater and show times. There is also a non-profit organization that has formed to help restore the theater and keep it running.

okiecraig
okiecraig on October 11, 2006 at 11:32 am

I have very fond memories of The Rex. Back in the 60’s I would spend the summer with my grandparents in Clay Center. The Rex offered free movies on Monday afternoon for kids. You’d pick up the free tickets from downtown merchants. This was a huge treat (this was way before videos) and the kids all enjoyed it. After the movie, we’d go to Rexall Drugs for a Coke (again a thing of the past. They still had their true soda fountain then). I remember the drive-in in Clay Center also (don’t remember the name), but it was behind what I remember as a truck stop. Saw lots of John Wayne there! Clay Center always holds some of my fondest memories and I’m so thrilled they are restoring the theatre and downtown.

ChaletTheatersLLC
ChaletTheatersLLC on November 10, 2006 at 2:20 am

The Rex Theater has recently been aquired by Chalet Theaters, they are planning to do some extensive work and also are starting first run movies on December 1 of 2006. Additionaly they are adding new projectors and sound to the theater.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 24, 2007 at 5:03 pm

what ever happened to this theater?

floridachalet
floridachalet on February 25, 2007 at 3:18 am

I understand it to be open with but one film a week,Chalet backed out becasue of some rodent problems of the nasty kind. I do not know if it ever will sustain itself again.

jamikay
jamikay on June 30, 2010 at 7:25 am

The Rex Theatre is still open and showing some first run movies. Last week they showed Karate Kid and Grown Ups. The new owners are a local family who has volunteered at the Rex for years. They have made major improvements to the facility and they are open on weekends (with occasional special showings on days when kids are out of school or holiday weekends). Stop by the Rex where movies are always a low $5 per person! We are very fortunate to have the Rex in Clay Center (population 4500) since 1920!

rivest266
rivest266 on August 4, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Is this theatre in trouble, the websites are now empty and showtimes for this theatre is nowhere to be found on the internet. Is this a live theatre open only on a part-time basis?

Deisel
Deisel on October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

April 15,2009 gerald hogan bought the rex theatre him and his family run it. they have first run movie’s they opened today with paranormal activity 4 10/19/2012 there is contact number 785-447-1540 and email address . They do live entertainment, halloween haunted house, koral dance studio performs here. there is no rodent problem.. its a great family environment & clean. And they have also opened up a coffee house during the day. Its a great family who has it and they take very good care of it I would give it *****. just a great family and they try real hard and work real hard for nothing

Deisel
Deisel on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

the theatre actually seats 300 people

rivest266
rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Seems to be doing live performances on an part-time basis. No Movies.

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