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. Renovations began in February 2018 with a reopening planned by the Summer of 2018.

Contributed by Joel Weide

Recent comments (view all 16 comments)

longislandmovies on February 24, 2007 at 5:03 pm

what ever happened to this theater?

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 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 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 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 on October 19, 2012 at 11:07 am

the theatre actually seats 300 people

rivest266 on December 27, 2013 at 12:12 pm

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

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

UPDATE 2018 The Rex Theater in Clay Center, Kansas is undergoing a MAJOR renovation, funded by three local investors. A new roof, new paint, repair of the art deco plaster, new handicapped accessible restrooms, complete removal of all debris that was ever stuffed in any hole throughout the entire building, brand new wider seats both on the main level and in the balcony, digital sound, digital movie equipment, a brand new screen with a system that will raise and lower it, even the area beneath the stage intended to be a dressing room will now be used for such once again! Movies, live performances, and events will now be held there once again! Questions? Contact Bob Harvey ‭‭(719) 235-8864‬

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm

The Rex is expected to open before summer of 2018

MichelleTessaro on February 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm

One more thing, the theater with its new larger seats will be able to see it less than 300 people

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