Ranney's Fifth Avenue Opera House

225 E. 5th Avenue,
Arkansas City, KS 67005

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Ranney's Fifth Avenue Opera House, Arkansas City, Kansas.

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"Built at a cost of over $100,000 and regarded as one of the finest buildings of it’s kind between Kansas City and Denver by the theatrical groups which performed there. After the demise of most road shows and vaudeville, this theater was converted into a motion picture theater and was operated by "Slim" Richardson and Andy Anderson."

quoted from the Arkansas City Traveler newspaper.

Contributed by mike gilstrap

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 2, 2010 at 12:34 am

How do we know it’s demolished if we don’t know the address?

SethG on August 30, 2015 at 7:05 pm

A quick peek at street view confirms that there is nothing like this on Fifth Ave. Demolition confirmed.

JohnnyC. on August 31, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Fifth Avenue Opera House was located at 225 East Fifth Avenue. The building was demolished and the Arkansas City recreation center was built at this address.

SethG on September 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm

Was that building built as a rec center? It’s got some neat deco touches, although the opera house was far superior. Surprised something that big was so far out of downtown, although I assume the enormous expanse of parking lots probably used to be something more interesting.

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