Chief Theater

122 E. Main Street,
Coldwater, KS 67029

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The Chief Theater radiates a nostalgic charm from the days of silent movies, newsreels, and nickelodeons. In its prime, the Chief Theater featured movies every night of the week, weekend matinees, and was frequently filled to its seating capacity of 300 people.

In the late-1940’s the theater was decorated in a Native American theme with colorful murals in the lobby and auditorium which have been preserved to this day.

Currently operated and restored by the Chamber of Commerce, the Chief Theater features current release movies every weekend, projected by a new state-of-the-art projection system.

Contributed by Paul Salley

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 11, 2005 at 1:20 pm

Here is another photo of the Chief Theater in Coldwater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 25, 2006 at 3:54 pm

Here is a 2006 photo of the Chief Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 13, 2006 at 3:55 am

This is another photo of the Chief Theater.

kencmcintyre on September 14, 2006 at 10:20 am

Also known as the Gossett and listed on the National Register:

Chief Theater (added 2005 – Building – #05000010)
Also known as Gossett Theater
122 E. Main St., Coldwater
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Gossett, Paul E., Howard, Thomas H.
Architectural Style: Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements, Other
Area of Significance: Entertainment/Recreation, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Recreation And Culture
Historic Sub-function: Theater
Current Function: Recreation And Culture
Current Sub-function: Theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 16, 2007 at 7:43 pm

Here is a photo of the Chief Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 11, 2007 at 7:02 pm

Here is the Chief at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

Thomas H. Howard was the contractor. Paul E. Gossett was the architect. Another aka name given is Stark’s Comanche Theater. National Register of Historic Places registration form

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Stark’s Comanche Theater:

“In 1940 Gossett sold the theater to Bernard Stark and Victor and Donita Stark and they held a contest to select a new name for the theater. The winner, Mrs. C. G. Lyon won twenty free movies for her suggestion of "Comanche” and the theater became known as Stark’s Comanche Theater. The Starks owned the theater for six years before selling it to Sol and Lucille Frank. In 1947 the Franks remodeled the theater and renamed it the Chief".

Listed in the 1945 Film Daily as the 350 seat Comanche Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2009 at 9:23 am

Comanche should be an aka name. This is a recent photo of the Chief.

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