Cooper Theatre

208 Gunsmoke Street,
Dodge City, KS 67801

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The Crown Theatre was opened around 1923 and continued until at least 1950. It was last operated as the Cooper Theatre.

Contributed by Billy Holcomb / Billy Smith / Don Lewis

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

The Crown Theatre in Dodge City is on David & Noelle Soren’s list of known Boller Brothers theater designs as a 1923 project, with the aka Cooper Theatre.

In 1939, the Crown was one of three Dodge City houses (along with the Dodge and the Cozy) that co-hosted the world premier of the Warner Bros. film Dodge City. Star Errol Flynn and numerous other movie stars attended the event.

According to an article in the January 28, 1954, issue of the Hutchinson, Kansas News Herald, Fox Kansas Theatres operated the Crown under a lease from 1935 to 1949, at which time they sub-leased the house to Fox Plains Theatres which in turn sub-leased it to Glenn Cooper. It must have been at that time that it was renamed the Cooper Theatre. The Cooper Theatre was in operation at least as late as 1958.

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